Italian man injures migrants in shooting

Marie Harrington
February 5, 2018

The Italian newspaper, il Resto di Carlino, released a video that showed the suspect had the Italian flag draped around his shoulders; although it was not visible in the video, Italians publications reportedly claimed he made a Fascist salute while being arrested.

According to the Il Resto del Carlino newspaper, the man - a 28-year-old local with links to the populist Northern League - fired his first shots around the Via dei Velini area and then proceeded to drive his black Alfa Romeo 147 auto around the city centre, targeting immigrants. The man gave impression of looking for someone, but he has shot indiscriminately and at least six people have been injured, five men and one woman, all African immigrants. The victims were all of African descent, and one is reported to be in critical condition.

The shootings sparked widespread fear as police warned people to stay indoors and the mayor issued a curfew.

PD's leader Matteo Renzi called for calm.

He didn't resist arrest and admitted he was responsible, police said. A 29-year-old Nigerian immigrant is being held on a murder charge after police found several large knives and blood stains in his apartment.

The shootings happened just days after the body of an 18-year-old Italian woman was found hidden in two suitcases near Macerata.

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Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has temporarily suspended campaigning ahead of next month's general election.

Police confirmed in a tweet that "the wounded persons were of foreign nationality", adding that the "presumed author of the attack is Italian". "We must stop this spiral of hate and violence", said Pietro Grasso, who is the head of the Free and Equal party.

A preliminary post-mortem on the teenager could not immediately identify her cause of death.

He posted to Facebook earlier this week of the Nigerian suspect, "What was this worm still doing in Italy?".

Salvini's League, which dropped the "northern" from its name in a bid for a national following, has joined a centre-right coalition with Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia and Giorgia Meloni's much smaller Brothers of Italy.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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