A car plowed into a crowd of people in a busy shopping district in Berlin on Wednesday, and police are trying to determine if it was a terrorist attack.
Police in Berlin said at least one person was killed and several others seriously injured.
According to Deutsche Welle, five people were seriously injured.
The Berlin Police Service reported that emergency responders kept the man who was driving the car at the scene.
The accident took place in the heart of West Berlin, on one of the busiest shopping streets.
“Of the more than a dozen injured, there are people who have been seriously injured,” police spokesman Thelo Kaplitz said.
Police added that the driver, who holds German and Armenian citizenship and lives in Berlin, was initially arrested by passersby.
In Germany, the incident quickly sparked public speculation about a possible motive, with many people suggesting it took place near Breitscheidplatz – where a man drove a hijacked truck through a Christmas market in 2016, killing dozens of people in what was considered a terrorist attack.
Reports say the car veered off the street and climbed onto the sidewalk before crashing into a storefront.
Pictures from the scene show a silver Renault Clio crashing through a display window in a cosmetic store. There are also pictures of what appears to be a corpse covered in blankets in the middle of the road.
There are around 130 emergency workers on site, according to the Berlin Police Service.
Berlin Mayor Franziska Joffe wrote on Twitter that she was “deeply affected by this incident” and told residents that “the police are working hard to clarify the matter.”
“I will get an idea of the situation at the site during the day,” she added.
I would like to thank more than 130 emergency services for their quick response and care for those affected.”
Actor John Barrowman tweeted that he was nearby when the accident happened, and in a video posted from the scene, he said the car repeatedly went up the driveway before crashing into the storefront.
But police and other authorities caution not to jump to any conclusions about Wednesday’s tragic incident, noting that an investigation has only just begun.