Police shoot man who 'drove into people' in German city of Heidelberg

Police officers stand guard near the attacked Christmas market in Berlin, capital of Germany, on December 21, 2016.

He tried to flee and was shot by police officer who were giving chase officers, according to local police.

He was seriously injured following the brief stand-off and rushed to hospital.

The police also reported that the driver who rammed into a crowd was a 35-year-old German national.

The motives for the attack remained unknown.




Norbert Schaetzle, a police spokesman, told n-tv television that the man was believed to have been carrying a knife when he got out of the vehicle after the incident.

Schaetzle said said a terrorist background is not suspected and the man appears to have acted alone.

He was intercepted by a police patrol and shot by an officer following a short standoff.

One of the three victims was seriously injured, a police spokeswoman said. The vehicle the man used was a rental auto.

It comes just months after a lorry drove into a Christmas market in Berlin killing 12 people.

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