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German Police Shoot, Injure Man After Apparent Car Attack

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A car stands in front of a store, guarded by police in Heidelberg, Germany, Feb. 25, 2017. A man apparently drove a car into pedestrians in a central square in the city of Heidelberg, injuring three people, then fled and was shot after being tracked down by officers, police said.

Police in Heidelberg, Germany, shot and seriously wounded a man Saturday after the man hit three people with a car, killing one of them.

The 35-year-old German man drove his car into the people in a central square while they were standing in a pedestrian area. A brief stand-off ensued before police shot the man, whom they said was armed with a knife.

Police say they don’t believe the attack to be terrorism-related, but do not know of any possible motive. An investigation is under way.

A 73-year-old German mad died of his injuries. A 32-year-old Austrian man and a 29-year-old woman from Bosnia-Herzegovina were hospitalized and released with minor injuries.

The Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung newspaper said the suspect had stopped at a traffic light and when it turned green put his foot down before hitting the group of people at high speed and smashing into a pillar.

A similar attack took place in Germany this past December, when a terrorist drove a truck through a crowded Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 50 more.

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