The 51-year-old man who killed no less than 4 individuals, together with a child, and injured 15 individuals within the pedestrian zone within the German metropolis of Trier on Tuesday afternoon, did this on goal, in accordance with the police. He in all probability had no political motive, however he was drunk. The German police reported this at a press convention on Tuesday night.
Mayor of Trier: ‘Eyewitnesses fully traumatized’
Based on eyewitnesses, the person drove his silver SUV at excessive velocity into pedestrians within the German metropolis close to the border with Luxembourg at round 2 p.m.
Roger Lewentz, the minister of the inside of Rhineland-Palatinate, studies Tuesday night that 5 injured persons are severely injured. Based on Lewentz, the person was “zigzagging” by means of the pedestrian zone.
Eyewitnesses describe how individuals flew by means of the air and panic broke out shortly after the incident. The perpetrator then drove on and might be stopped after 1 kilometer by urged safety providers. He resisted his arrest. His automobile has been impounded.
The person is of German nationality and comes from the Trier area. He’s nonetheless being questioned. Based on the police, he acted alone and was not recognized to the police.
Folks have been requested to remain out of the middle after the incident. Emergency providers have been on web site to assist the a number of injured, a few of whom are nonetheless in dangerous form.
Mayor Wolfram Leibe from Trier instructed us visibly emotional native media that he was shocked by the occasion. “Individuals who noticed it occur have been fully traumatized,” mentioned Leibe, who described the crime scene as “a struggle zone”.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel mentioned she was shocked by the occasions in Trier. “Our ideas are with the households of the victims, the injured and the rescuers.”
For the reason that assault on a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016, further security measures have been taken in pedestrian zones in Germany. Twelve individuals have been killed in that assault. Earlier this yr, a person injured greater than 60 individuals when he drove his automobile right into a carnival procession.
The German police will give a press convention at 7 p.m. It could then change into extra clear in regards to the circumstances of the incident.