Four people have been injured in a drive by shooting in Italy

Feb 04, 2018, 02:14
Four people have been injured in a drive by shooting in Italy

Six people have been injured in a drive-by shooting apparently targeting black people in the central Italian city of Macerata.

The shootings began at 11:00 a.m. local time (1000 GMT), and two hours later, police said an Italian had been arrested on suspicion of opening fire on foreigners from a vehicle.

The suspect was identified as 28-year-old Luca Traini, according to multiple Italian media reports, citing police.

Italian media reported that Traini ran as a candidate in local elections in Corridonia past year with the far-right Lega party.

Italians head to the polls in national elections in March, with immigration shaping up to be a key issue. 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.

He did raise his arm in a Fascist-style salute, before being brought away by Italy's military Carabinieri police, La Repubblica daily said.

A spokesman for the Mayor said: "Stay at home until further notice". The victims were all of African descent, and one is reported to be in critical condition.

Several media reports said the shots were fired from a auto that was driving around the city. The five men and one woman who were shot were expected to recover, Macerata Mayor Romano Carancini said.

"For security reasons, mayor Romano Carancini calls on citizens to remain in their homes, workplaces and schools due to a risky situation that has arisen in the city because of shooting Macerata".

The suspect, Luca Traini, ran unsuccessfully with the anti-migrant Northern League party in a local election a year ago, and previously had been associated with the neo-fascist Forza Nuova and Casa Pound. Some witnesses would have seen him carrying at least one of the suitcases, and some of the girl's clothes would have been found in his apartment, Ansa news agency reported citing judicial sources.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said that "hatred and violence will not be able to divide us".

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