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One man is dead and two other people are injured after a man drove a car onto the sidewalk in Heidelberg. After refusing to drop his knife he was shot by the police.

His rental car which had license plates registered to Hamburg smashed into crowds at around 4pm local time, killing a 73-year-old man.

Police said two other people, a 32-year-old Austrian man and a 29-year-old woman from Bosnia and Herzegovina, received hospital treatment but were later discharged.

The alleged driver was taken to hospital with a serious gunshot wound.

His motive remains unclear, but local media speculated that he may have been mentally disturbed.

Police were quick to say they did not believe it was a terror attack.

“There are no indications of a terrorist background,” spokesman Heidelberg David Faulhaber said.

A couple of things… In America, sometimes people drive into crowds accidentally – the result of age, confusion, or poor skill. In Germany people know how to drive. That, and the knife, rule out an accident. This was a premeditated crime. Was it terrorism? I wonder if the three victims felt terrified? The fact that half a day later the press is sticking to speculation about mental illness and the suspect’s identity has not been released (and because the police so quickly tried to rule out terrorism) … leads me to speculate it was terrorism.

This attack closely resembles the Berlin Christmas market attack in December. And it is a carbon copy of the attack at THE Ohio State U. Those were terror attacks. I speculate this one was too.

The driver will likely turn out to be one of Merkel’s recent international guests, the kind of “scholar” the Ninth Circuit is willing to throw away law and security to get more into America.