What we know so far about the fatal car accident in Berlin

Murderous driving in Berlin: what we know so far about suspect Jür H

Five years after the terrorist attack on Berlin’s Breitscheitplatz, a number of emergency services have again rushed to City West. Alarm sirens wail. A driver collided with a group of people. A woman dies and several students are injured. Here’s what we know so far about the shooting and suspect Gore H.

Police have arrested a 29-year-old man after a deadly suspect crackdown in Berlin. Senator for Internal Affairs in Berlin, Iris Spranger, spoke Wednesday night about “a filling by a mentally disabled person.”

According to several consistent media reports, Gore H. According to SPIEGEL, Gore H was registered in Berlin more than ten years ago. Police have not yet announced the suspect’s name.

This is what we know about the alleged perpetrator

The man – according to the police, a German of Armenian origin living in Berlin – is said to have broken into the group of people at 10:26 am. He was initially detained by passersby, said Tilo Kaplitz, a police spokesman at the scene.

An eyewitness told the “Berliner Zeitung” that he tried to escape immediately until passers-by managed to control him. “He was so upset, he just kept trying to get up and run,” the eyewitness said. A passerby who held him until the police arrived said he looked confused. “He kept asking for help,” an eyewitness told Der Spiegel.

Video showing the arrest of the suspected death driver

The police checked whether it was the accident, a medical emergency, or an intentional act. According to Spiegel reports, investigators will currently view the incident as a rampage.

And the senator for the interior in Berlin, Iris Spranger, announced that the suspect will be examined in all directions. “He knew what he was doing. He kept pressing the gas,” an eyewitness told Der Spiegel.

According to the information of the German News Agency (dpa), the perpetrator was driving a car owned by his older sister. He is said to have been known to the police, but not linked to extremism. SPIEGEL reports that Gore H. was violent and is said to have been a psychopath in the past. There are indications of possible illness.

This is known from existing documents and posters

The German news agency and the newspaper “Bild” unanimously reported that the police found a confession letter in the car. Nothing was initially known about the content.

Spranger, a senator for the Interior Ministry in Berlin, later said there was no “real letter of recognition” after all. It is said that stickers and documents were found in the driver’s car. “There should be posters where he talks about Turkey,” Springer said.

According to Spiegel, a poster was directed against Turkey, which committed the genocide against the Armenians in World War I. However, it is unclear whether the stickers belonged to the 29-year-old or his sister, who is the owner of the car.

Police said the driver’s exact motive should be investigated. A police spokeswoman said: “We are still checking the nature of the data on the documents and stickers in the car.” According to Bild, the driver’s motive should not be political. The “photo” quoted an investigator: “Definitely not an accident – a gunman, an ice-cold killer.” A police spokeswoman did not initially confirm this.

This is what we know about the truth

The man drove his small Renault at the corner of Ku’damm and Rankestrasse on the Ku’damm pier and into a group of people. He then drove to the intersection and a little less than 200 meters east on Tauntzene Street.

Shortly before the Marburger Strasse corner, he drove off the road onto the sidewalk again, touched another car, crossed Marburger Strasse and ended up in a perfume shop window. After the accident, a covered body was placed near the intersection of Kurfürstendamm, Rankstrasse and Tauntzenstrasse. A spokeswoman for perfume chain Douglas confirmed the incident. There were no injuries in the store.

The site of the accident is not far from the memorial church at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin-Charlottenburg. In December 2016, an Islamic killer stormed the Christmas market there. A total of 13 people died and more than 70 were injured as a result of the long-term effects.

We know that about the victims

A teacher from the state of Hesse died in the accident. The Hessen state government announced on Wednesday that the woman was in Berlin with 24 10th graders from a school in Bad Arlsen, north of Hesse. Another teacher was said to have accompanied her, and the teacher is said to have been seriously injured. And the newspaper “Bild” reported that 14 students were among the injured. Berlin Interior Minister Iris Springer (SPD) said on Wednesday in Berlin that students from the state of Hesse will receive psychiatric care. It is said that among the injured is a pregnant woman with a broken thigh.

Police said 14 people were injured in the fatal car accident that occurred on Wednesday evening, many of them seriously. There was some conflicting information about the number of casualties. Previously, there was talk of 30 injuries, then eight. According to the fire department, six people were seriously injured in the accident, which occurred on Wednesday morning. Three were seriously injured and several lightly wounded.

It happened after the fact

According to their statements, the police were on duty with about 130 soldiers on Wednesday morning, and the officers used a helicopter to get an overview from the air. A police drone has also been deployed. The area is cordoned off over a large area. Several ambulances and police cars were present at the scene.

Several hours after the accident, the Europa Center was partially evacuated on Wednesday afternoon. The reason was a close examination of the perpetrator’s car, which was opposite the large shopping center across from Tauntzenstraße. Police said it was just a precaution in case there was anything dangerous in the car.

Those were reactions

Berlin Mayor Franziska Jaffe (Social Democratic Party) promised support for those affected. “We will do everything we can to help those affected.” Similarly, everything will be done to clarify the course of events. She also wanted to get an idea of ​​the situation at the site in the afternoon. “It is now important to take care of the wounded.” In addition, relatives who are traumatized need help and support.

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed his dismay after the fatal car accident in Berlin. “My thoughts are with the seriously injured and very seriously injured and dead,” he said on Wednesday. They are with those who have experienced horrific things. I extend my deepest sympathies to them, all their relatives and survivors.”

also dThe federal government has expressed its sympathy after the fatal accident of a driver in Berlin. Deputy government spokeswoman Christian Hoffmann said on Wednesday the government was “deeply moved and shaken”. Thoughts and sympathy with the injured and their families.

Car crashes into a crowd – video showing the first footage from the scene

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