Baby among five killed as car runs down shoppers in Germany


A baby was among five people killed when a car tore through a pedestrian shopping street in the southwestern German city of Trier, said police after arresting the driver.

Prosecutor Peter Fritzen said the driver, a 51-year-old Trier native, appeared to be suffering from “psychiatric problems” and had been under the influence of alcohol during the incident, in which 14 other people were hurt.

Police said they had “no indications of a political motive” after questioning the suspect, and Fritzen said prosecutors were considering requesting he be placed in psychiatric care.

At the same press conference, Trier mayor Wolfran Leibe said those killed when the man drove his SUV into the shoppers included a nine-month-old and a 73-year-old woman.

“I think this is Trier’s darkest day since World War II,” said the mayor.

A 25-year-old woman and 45-year-old man were also killed. Police have not yet released details on the fifth victim.

Malu Dreyer, premier of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate where Trier is located, expressed shock that a baby was among those killed by the driver’s “insane act” and shared her condolences with all the affected families.

The baby’s mother is being treated in hospital for injuries sustained in the rampage.

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