Justice German on Thursday ordered the placement in a psychiatric care facility of a 29-year-old driver who threw his car at passers-by in Berlin on Wednesday, killing a woman and injuring 32 people.
An apparent schizophrenia
“Many elements suggest a paranoid schizophrenia” in the Armenian-born German, prosecutor Sebastian Büchner, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, told the press.
“There are indications that the suspect is suffering from a mental disability that caused his act yesterday (Wednesday),” he also said, ruling out a car accident. “Drugs were found during a search.”
At the wheel of a vehicle Renaultthis man had run into a group of 24 schoolchildren from the Hesse region who were on a school trip to the German capital, killing their accompanying teacher.
A teacher between life and death
The second teacher is “between life and death,” the spokesman said, while seven others were seriously injured.
The driver had finished his run by sneaking into the window of a perfume chain. The events took place near one of the busiest tourist and shopping arteries in Berlinand close to the site of a deadly Islamist bombing in December 2016.
The man had been restrained by passers-by and arrested on the spot by police. At the time of the incident, in the morning, there was a large crowd in this area near the zoo, in the west of the capital.