Man Drives Car Into Pedestrians, Killing At Least One And Injuring 14 Others In Germany

Police cars stand outside a building of Heidelberg University following a shooting that left the attacker dead, one victim dead and three others wounded on January 24, 2022 in Heidelberg, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Sarah Weaver Social Issues Reporter
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A man drove a car Wednesday morning into a group of pedestrians in Berlin, Germany, killing at least one and injuring at least 14 others, police told The Associated Press.

“The latest evidence suggests this is a case of a mentally ill person running amok,” said Iris Spranger, Berlin’s interior affairs minister, according to Reuters. The driver was a 29-year-old German-Armenian man. Investigators found posters about Turkey in his car.

Police said fourteen students from the central German state of Hesse were among the injured, according to Hesse’s public broadcaster. The teacher with the students was killed.

Five of the students sustained life-threatening injuries, fire service spokesman Adrian Wentzel said.

Police spokesman Thilo Cablitz said the driver hit people on a street corner at 10:30am, then drove back onto the road and crashed into a shop window a block away. Cablitz said the driver was then arrested by a nearby officer, after being detained by bystanders. (RELATED: Cars Crash Into Large Crowd, Leaving 2 Dead And 19 Injured)

The incident occurred on the Kurfuerstendamm shopping boulevard, near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, not far from where a Tunisian Jihadist murdered 12 people at a Christmas market in 2016.

A Berlin police spokesman told The New York Times that it is yet to be determined if the crash was intentional or not.