An Italian gunman injured six African emigrants in a two-hour drive-by shooting binge Saturday in a very small Italian city where a Nigerian man was latterly held in the gruesome killing of a teenager, officials stated.
Policemen have identified the defendant as Luca Traini, a 28-year-old Italian boy with no previous background.
Traini had fallen as a candidate for the anti-migrant Northern League party in a local election in 2017 in the city of Corridonia. He could not win though.
A video that has been posted by the newspaper il Resto di Carlino revealed that a man with an Italian flag draped over his shoulders being arrested by armed Carabinieri officers in the city center, near where he allegedly fled his car on foot. News reports from Italy are stating that the man did a Fascist salute as he was arrested, but no salute could be seen in the video.
The shooting spree came days after the slaying of Pamela Mastropietro, an 18-year-old and amid a heated discretionary campaign in Italy where anti-foreigner sentiment has grown a key theme as Italy is still continuing to struggle the migrant arrivals. BBC News reports Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has temporarily stopped campaigning over the violence.
Matteo Salvini, the head of the rebranded league has capitalized on the killing in campaign appearances and is deciding to deport 150,000 migrants in his first year in office if his party wins control of parliament.
Macerata Mayor Romano Carancini confirmed that all the six black foreigners, were wounded in the shooting spree, one of them is injured very badly to the verge of death. “They were all of the colors, this is obviously a grave fact. As was grave what happened to Pamela. The closeness of the two events makes you imagine there could be a connection,” he stated.
The teen’s dismembered remains were found Wednesday in two suitcases two days after she walked away from a drug rehab community. A judge on Saturday confirmed the arrest of the main suspect, identified as 29-year-old Innocent Oseghale. Policemen after this incident have warned the people to stay inside while the shootings were ongoing.
Authorities have paused public transport and said students must be kept inside schools, which are open on Saturdays. Italians vote in a general election on March 4 to elect a new government.
The League of Salvini, which dropped the “northern” from its name in a bid for a national following, has joined a center-right coalition with much smaller Brothers of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia and Giorgia Meloni’s.
They are standing against Matteo Renzi’s much-splintered Democratic Party and the populist 5-Star Movement.