Four foreigners injured in Italy shooting

African migrants injured in Italian drive-by shootings

African migrants injured in Italian drive-by shootings

Christopher Livesay has reported for NPR that a recent surge in migrants to Italy has fueled right-wing anger over jobs and other benefits.

The mayor had warned people to stay indoors during the incident, which saw shootings across a number of locations.

A man has opened fire from his auto in central Italy. Police operation in progress.

However, reports suggest that at least seven people may have been shot and wounded.

Italian police have arrested a gunman suspected of a carrying out a drive-by shooting spree that targeted African immigrants.

The suspected gunman, aged 28, and named as Luca Traini, was arrested two hours after the shooting first started as he drove around various locations of the city in a black auto, according to reports. One meter and eighty centimeters and shaved, Traini has come down from vehicle, he has taken off his jacket and has put an Italian flag on his back while climbing monument.

Photos from the scene show a man being put into a police auto, wearing an Italian flag draped over his shoulders.

The city of Macerata's Twitter account says the gunman has been captured about two hours after he began a shooting rampage from a black automobile.

Earlier in the day, Macerata Mayor Romano Carancini had announced a shutdown of schools and offices while the armed assailant remained at large in the town, located about 200 kilometers east of the capital Rome.

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It would have been a lot harder. "We took that third chance and was a very big goal that releases any pressure we could've been under at the end", he added.

As police closed in the suspect tried to escape on foot but was nearly immediately caught.

They were later caught by officers who chased them down.

Before, Traini gave a fascist salute and shouted: "Viva Italia!"

The paper claims that the shooting began at 11.00am local time and continued for about two hours until the man was seized by police, having abandoning his auto near the town's war memorial.

Video footage from the scene shows one of the victims raising his hand as he is put into an ambulance.

He was pictured being led away by police with an Italian flag wrapped around him. "The wounded are of foreign nationality".

The shootings took place just days after the amputated body of a young Italian woman was discovered concealed in two suitcases near Macerata. A 29-year-old Nigerian migrant has been held in connection with her death.

Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has temporarily suspended campaigning ahead of next month's general election.

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