The German city suffers an attack on a pedestrian zone after 5 mourners


BERLIN (AP) – Trier residents lit flowers and candles on Wednesday at the foot of a famous Roman gate in a southwestern German city in honor of five killed and more than a dozen injured when a man drove an SUV in the middle at high speed. pedestrian zone.

The 51-year-old Trier man, whose name was not made public, made a statement to the authorities and should have been brought before a judge later in the day to decide whether to keep him in police custody or admit him. psychiatric care.

“The victims and their families need answers,” Mayor Wolfram Leibe told reporters near the makeshift monument that grew up at the Roman gate known as Porta Nigra, the scene of the attack.

Prosecutors investigating the man for murder, attempted murder and other allegations after Tuesday afternoon’s assassination said they could not immediately indicate what prompted the man to act, but there were no signs of terror, political or religious motives.

He drank a lot before the attack, authorities said.

Among the five killed was a 45-year-old man and a 9 1/2 week old daughter. His wife and 1/2-year-old son were among the injured, they were cared for in a hospital, police said.

Police initially identified the child as a nine-month-old child, but then corrected the age. The other three women killed were 25, 52 and 73 years old.

The first call was received by police at 1:47 p.m., and four minutes later the suspect was apprehended after he stopped the car and was locked up.

Zigzagging along the pedestrian zone, police said they did a total of about 800 meters (875 yards), “leaving behind, damaged and ruined traces”.

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This story was corrected so that, based on corrected information received from the police, the youngest victim should be 9 and a half weeks old, not 9 months.