Hitler biography in home of Italy mass shooting suspect

Laverne Higgins
February 5, 2018

An Italian man opened fire on African migrants in the central city of Macerata on February 3, injuring six people in the racially motivated attack before he was captured, police said.

"Whoever, like Salvini, exploits news events and tragedies for electoral purposes is among those responsible for the spiral of hatred and violence that we must stop as soon as possible", Grasso said.

Traini, 28, had an Italian flag draped over his shoulders when he was arrested and witnesses said he had also made a fascist salute. The news agency ANSA reported that Traini had run as a candidate for the anti-migrant Northern League in a local election previous year in the city of Corridonia.

After the morning assault in the town of Macerata, the suspect got out of his auto, allegedly made a fascist salute with a tricolour Italian flag draped over his shoulders and shouted "Viva Italia", or "Long Live Italy", and "Italy for Italians", reports said. Italian police said they have arrested a man suspected of opening fire on foreigners from a vehicle in central Italy on February 3, 2018.

The five men and one woman were wounded in the two-hour drive-by shooting spree were from Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia and Mali, according to RAI state television. A 29-year-old Nigerian migrant has been arrested in connection with her death. Such violent shootings are rare in Italy and are usually associated with the southern Italian mafia.

ANSA reported that the black auto used in Saturday's shooting rampage had been seen in the area where the woman's body was found and also near where the suspect lived. Stay out of the way and avoid open places, ' the local police said in a posting on its official Twitter account.

More than 620,000 migrants, many of them African, have arrived in Italy since the beginning of 2014, contributing to a growing sense among Italians that the country was taking in far more people than it could handle.

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According to ANSA, the suspect, who name was not released, told security forces that he had heard on the radio about the murder of an 18-year-old whose dismembered body was found in two suitcases in Macerata just a few days earlier.

Her boyfriend told La Repubblica they were waiting at a bus station when he saw a man pointing something at them from a black vehicle. The chief suspect is a Nigerian immigrant.

"You can not see the wound that makes me cry", the sole woman injured in the shooting told the newspaper. Shortly after that another migrant and an African woman were also shot.

Police confirmed in a tweet that "the wounded persons were of foreign nationality", adding that the "presumed author of the attack is Italian".

Police did not say how many were injured in the town, which has a population of 43,000. The ANSA news agency reported four victims have been wounded while Sky TG24 put the number of wounded at two.

"We will stop this risk".

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