Berlin (AP) – Trier Residents paid flowers and candles to five people on Wednesday at the base of the historic Roman Gate in the southwestern German city, when a man drove an SUV through the central pedestrian area at a speeding speed that contained more than a dozen people were injured.
A 51-year-old man from Trier, whose name has not been released, has made a statement to the authorities and should be taken before a judge on the day to determine whether he should be held in police custody or held . Psychiatric care.
“Victims and their families need answers,” City Mayor Wolfram Leib told reporters near the monument rising at the Roman Gate known as Porta Nigra near the scene of the attack.
The accused investigated the man for the murder, attempted murder and other charges that following the attack on Tuesday afternoon, he said he had no immediate clue as to what the man was motivated to do, But that there were no signs of terror, political or religious motive.
Authorities said he had consumed enough alcohol before the attack.
Among the five killed was a 45-year-old man and his 91/2-week-old daughter. Police said his wife and 1 1/2-year-old son are among the injured and are being treated at the hospital.
Police originally identified the child as a 9-month-old baby, but then corrected the age. Others killed were three women, aged 25, 52 and 73.
Police received the first call about the attack at 1:47 pm and were able to apprehend the suspect four minutes later when he stopped the car and they stopped him inside.
Zig-zagging through the pedestrian zone, police said he traveled about 800 meters (875 yards), “leaving a trail of dead, injured and debris behind him.”
This story has been corrected to show that the youngest victim’s age is not 9 months but 9 1/2 weeks, based on the correct information received by the police.
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