Heidelberg Car Death: Man Shot After Crashing Vehicle Into Crowd, Killing One

The man, who got out of the vehicle with a knife, then fled - but was shot after being tracked down by officers.

A video has surfaced on Twitter purportedly showing the man's standoff with police. The driver was also seriously injured and delivered to a local hospital. Rhein-Neckar Zeitung reports that he deliberately drove into the crowd, citing eyewitnesses. The driver was tracked down by police and shot.

One of those injured in the incident, a 73-year-old German man whose identity has not yet been made public, died from his injuries at an area hospital. The vehicle the man used was a rental auto. Schaetzle did not confirm whether the man was mentally disturbed, but said that that the perpetrator likely acted alone. The city is primarily known as a university town - about a quarter of its 150,000 residents are students.

The windscreen of the car was smashed
The windscreen of the car was smashed

The incident renewed fears in Germany of an attempted repeat of a terrorist truck attack last December at a crowded Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people and injuring 50 more. In July 2016, a similar attack in Nice, France, left 86 people dead.

Police spokeswoman Anne Baas said one of the three people struck outside a bakery on Saturday afternoon was seriously injured.

Police investigators at the crime scene.

  • Leroy Wright