Man who drove into pizzeria east of Paris 'had taken medicinal drugs'

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Investigators appear to have ruled out a terrorist motive behind the ramming of a pizzeria in a village east of Paris, when a 32-year-old man, reportedly depressive and under the effects of medicinal drugs, drove at customers sitting at the restaurant's terrace, killing a 13 year-old girl and injuring 13 others, five seriously.

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The man who rammed into a French pizza restaurant, killing a teenage girl and inijuring 13 people, had taken a large quantity of medicinal drugs, legal sources said on Tuesday, reports Radio France Internationale.

Investigators do not believe Monday evening's attack in a rural area east of Paris was a terror attack.

Sources told the AFP news agency that he had taken a large amount of medicinal drugs and that his statements so far have not made it possible to establish his motives.

Earlier he was reported to have attempted suicide in Sunday and to have and decided to try again on Monday.

The 32-year-old man drove a BMW into a busy pizzeria in the village of Sept-Sorts where about 20 people were dining outside, killing the teenage girl, seriously injuring a three-year-old boy and four other people and slightly injuring eight.

Eyewitnesses say that he had tried to reverse but someone had gone behind the car to prevent him from doing so.

He has been charged with murder, attempted murder and driving under the influence of drugs.

No weapons were found in the car or in his possession.

Read more of this report from RFI.

 

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