The attacker, who police have gone to great lengths to assure the public “has no migrant background”, drove his car through a crowd of pedestrians – killing 1 and injuring 2 others. He then exited the vehicle and fled on foot. When confronted soon after, he drew a knife and became involved in a standoff with police – receiving a non-fatal dose of “lead therapy” in the process.
The man hit the three pedestrians, one of whom died of his injuries, in Heidelberg, near Stuttgart, at around 4pm then ran away carrying a knife.
Dramatic video footage shows the suspect cornered by a police patrol, with a single gunshot heard before the officers rush towards him on the pavement.
Police say they believe the incident is not terror related, but have not yet identified a motive.
The first image of the suspect shows him brandishing a knife with his arms outstretched.
After police shot the man near a swimming pool, one of the officers shouted ‘knife gone’, according to local media.
The suspect, a 35-year-old German whose identity has not been released, was taken to a hospital and underwent an operation.
A 73-year-old German man died of his injuries this evening at a local hospital.
A 32-year-old Austrian man and a 29-year-old woman from Bosnia were lightly injured.
A police spokesman said there was ‘no indication’ the man had a terrorist background.
He added: ‘We are continuing to investigate. As soon as we know more we will inform the public.’
Another article I read highlighted unconfirmed reports of mental illness. But that has been used as an excuse before. We will keep you posted if any pertinent information materializes.