Man arrested after shooting attack on foreigners in Italy

04 February, 2018, 02:12 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Driver opens fire on African migrants in Italian city of Macerata

The man opened fire in a series of drive-by shootings from a vehicle in the city of Macerata wounding some seven people including one woman, according to local media.

Italian police have arrested a far-right supporter suspected of wounding several foreigners in a drive-by shooting on Saturday, in what local media called a racially motivated attack.

One of the injured people is in critical condition.

Local media are reporting that the suspect wrapped himself in an Italian flag and gave a "fascist" salute before surrendering to authorities.

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The ruling centre-left Democratic party said Traini had stood as a candidate for the Northern League at local elections past year and also accused him of firing shots at one of their offices in Macerata before he was arrested.

Sky TG24 reports the rampage lasted for at least an hour as the suspect began firing shots from his auto before noon targeting people of color throughout the city and wounding six people all from Africa. A Nigerian man has been arrested in connection with the woman's death.

Italy is set to stage parliamentary elections on March 4.

Matteo Salvini, head of the anti-migrant Northern League, has capitalised on Ms Mastropietro's murder in his campaign, and has vowed to deport 150,000 migrants in his first year of office if elected. As was grave what happened to Pamela.

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"The closeness of these two events makes you imagine that there is a connection", Carancini told Sky TG24.

On Jan. 31, an 18-year-old girl was found dead in Macerata, her body dismembered and hidden in two separate suitcases.

Earlier near Florence, Renzi in a speech said former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's center-right coalition, which includes the Northern League, was in the hands of "green shirts and not moderates" and a vote for them was a vote "for extremists".

Gentiloni also said Italy would be "particularly severe against whoever thinks of nourishing this spiral of violence", adding "we will stop it together".

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