The Latest: French car attack driver said probably on drugs
PARIS – The last in the car driving on the sidewalk in front of a pizzeria in France (all local times):
A French prosecutor says it is “very likely” that the man who drove his car in a pizzeria and killed a teenager was under the influence of drugs.
Meaux deputy prosecutor Eric Valroger told reporters that an investigation into the deaths in the attack had been opened Monday night in the town of Sept-Sorts, east of Paris.
He said that explosives experts combed the area and found no weapon other than the car. Any terrorist motive was discarded at this stage. Other officials say the man is supposed to be suicidal.
De Valroger identifies the attacker arrested as 31 years of the nearby town of La Ferté-sous-Jouarre.
It is said that a 3-year-old boy was transported by helicopter to Paris in danger for life and another 13 were hospitalized.
Police said a 13-year-old girl died and her younger brother suffered fatal injuries when a driver drove his car at a pizzeria east of Paris.
Authorities initially said the victim was 8 years old but later said it was 13. A national police official said his younger brother was at least 12 people injured in the Monday night attack.
The official said the attacker was driving a BMW that was customers Pizzeria Cesena in the small town of Sept-Sorts, about 60 kilometers (36 miles) east of Paris.
The official was not authorized to give his name.
The French Interior Ministry described the man as apparently suicidal and said he did not believe that his actions were linked to terrorism.
The French Interior Ministry said a man driving his car in a pizzeria was apparently suicidal and that the incident was not considered to be related to terrorism.
Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told BFM television that the man was born in 1985 and tried to commit suicide last week.
Brandet said a young woman died and four people were injured in an absolute emergency. He said eight other people were slightly injured.
The man was arrested shortly after the attack Monday night in the town of Sept-Sorts east of Paris.
A police officer said the man was mentally unstable and had no police record. The official said investigators are not looking for accomplices.
French authorities say that the driver is going to customers pizzeria east of Paris has acted clearly intentional, but have no reason to suspect a terrorist motive.
A court official on Monday said the Paris prosecutor’s office, which oversees investigations into French terrorism, was not involved in the case because there was no evidence of terrorism at this stage.
A security official said there was no evidence of an Islamic political or extremist motive.
But the two officials said that the authorities believe that the driver’s actions as intentional. They were not allowed to be publicly identified.