Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Immigrants targeted in drive-by shooting in Italian town Macerata

Immigrants targeted in drive-by shooting in Italian town Macerata

A person has been arrested after four people were injured in a shooting in Italy.

A 29-year-old Nigerian male migrant has been detained over the killing of Pamela Mastropietro.

Italian news reports said that the vehicle contained two people.

Macerata Mayor Romano Carancini confirmed that five foreign men and one woman, all black, were wounded in Saturday's shooting spree, and one was left with life-threatening injuries. This is obviously a grave fact.

Italian media identified the man as Luca Traini, 28, and said he was a member of the far-right anti-immigration Northern League party, who had run in local elections past year.

Asked about the shootings at a news conference earlier Saturday, before it became clear that a former Northern League candidate was the suspect, Salvini said that "whoever shoots is a criminal, no matter the skin color", adding that "uncontrolled" migration leads to clashes, according to Italy's ANSA news agency. "The closeness of the two events makes you imagine there could be a connection", Carancini said.

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Sky said the shooting started around 11amlocal time (9pm Saturday AEST) and that students were being kept inside schools which are open on Saturday, and public transport had been halted.

Images posted on the website of the Italian newspaper il Resto di Carlino show Traini with an Italian flag draped over his shoulders as he was apprehended by police.

After the attack, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni called on political leaders on all sides to stop a "cycle of violence".

Right-wing politicians have been using Pamela Mastropietro's killing to promote their anti-migrant message as part of their campaign for the general election.

Salvini's League, which dropped the "northern" from its name in a bid for a national following, has joined a center-right coalition with Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia and Giorgia Meloni's much smaller Brothers of Italy.

With about 28% support in the opinion polls, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement is the most popular single party.

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