A driver plowed a vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians and into a shop front in central Berlin near Breitscheid Square and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Wednesday. At least one person was killed and at least eight others had serious , life threatening injuries. In total, between 17 and 30 people have been injured. 14 students from Hesse were among those who suffered injuries of varying severity. The killed person, a woman, was a teacher accompanying a group of high school students on a trip. More than 130 emergency services personnel responded to the incident. The suspected driver, 29-year-old, identified by police as a German-Armenian national, has been arrested. He was first detained by members of the public at the scene. After finding a letter in his car police concluded the crash was intentional.
Authorities have called on members of the public to submit videos or images from the scene. The vehicle was a small silver Renault. “I am deeply affected by this incident. We know that there is one dead and there are several seriously injured. The police are working urgently to clarify the situation,” Berlin’s mayor, Franziska Giffey, said in a post on Twitter. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also said he was “deeply saddened by the gruesome crime.” A memorial service for the people killed or hurt in Wednesday’s crash was held in the evening at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. In the same area 13 people were killed in 2016 after a Tunisian national with Islamist terrorist links drove into a Christmas market.