One dead, 8 injured after driver plows into crowd in Berlin, police say

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Scene after a car crashed into a crowd in Berlin, Germany.
The scene after a car crashed into a crowd of people in central Berlin, Germany, on June 8, 2022.Michael Sohn/AP
  • A driver crashed into a crowd of people in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday morning.

  • One person was killed and more are critically injured, the police said.

  • Police said it arrested the driver, a 29-year-old German-Armenian man. It's not clear if the act was intentional.

One person died and others are critically injured after a driver plowed into a crowd of people in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday morning, the capital city's police said.

Eight people were injured, Bild reported, citing the fire department. The car was a Renault model, the newspaper said.

The driver has since been arrested, said Thilo Cablitz, a spokesman for the Berlin police. The suspect has been identified as a 29-year-old German-Armenian man with dual citizenship, police tweeted.

The force does not yet know whether the incident was an accident or intentional, Cablitz said.

The incident took place in a popular shopping district in Berlin, just across the Breitscheidplatz in Berlin's Charlottenburg district, where a terrorist slammed a hijacked truck into a Christmas market in 2016 and killed 12 people.

Berlin news channel RBB24 cited Cablitz as saying the car drove into people standing at a street corner, drove onto a road, and crashed into a shop window. He was held by passersby and handed over to officials, police said.

The Scottish-American actor John Barrowman said in a video on Twitter on Wednesday that he was at the scene, and that he was okay.

He said that the car came onto the pavement, crossed onto a road where it hit someone, and then went onto another pavement and went "through a bunch of people" before going through the front window of a store.

He said there was a "dead body in the middle of the road."

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