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Italian man held after driving through city shooting at black people

Italian man held after driving through city shooting at black people

Local media reported that six migrants were shot by a man firing from his auto window as he drove around the city, located about 200 kilometres east of Rome.

Four people have been injured in a drive by shooting in the Italian city of Macerata this afternoon.

The attack was motivated by "racial hatred", Interior Minister Marco Minniti said.

Video of the moment the suspect was apprehended was published by local website, Il Resto del Carlino, showing a white bald man draped in an Italian tricolour being escorted away by police.

"Gunshots in Macerata. There are wounded".

In 2017, the shooter, Traini, ran for local office as candidate of the Northern League, a rightwing anti-immigrant party whose leader, Matteo Salvini, is aiming for the premiership in the next national election to be held March 4.

A witness told Reuters that the man drove around the city randomly picking out Black men and women on the streets.




The shootings came days after the discovery of a dismembered body in Macerata, identified as Italian teenager Pamela Mastropietro.

Police are looking into a possible link between the murder and the shooting spree. The Nigerian suspect, who was denied asylum previous year but has remained in Italy, has refused to talk to police.

Police, according to chain of news TG24, looked for two people: driver and copilot of an Alfa Romeo 147 of black color, from which it opened fire on passers-by.

He didn't resist arrest and admitted he was responsible, police said. The number of victims hasn't been confirmed.

He was allegedly found to be carrying a gun when he was arrested. Macerata's mayor has urged citizens to stay indoors Saturday while the suspects remain at-large. 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. Six foreigners were injured in the shooting, one critically.

"He drove around in his vehicle and when he saw any coloured people he shot them", Marcello Mancini, a Macerata resident, told Reuters.


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