Police Arrest Macerata Shooting Suspect Draped in Italian Flag

Faith Castro
February 6, 2018

Traini, who had an Italian flag wrapped around his neck when he was detained, has run in local elections as a candidate of the right-wing League party, according to the center-left Democratic party, which is now in power.

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

Traini has been jailed as police investigate a shooting rampage motivated by racial hatred.

Local media reports that Luca Traini is accused of a two-hour drive-by shooting, which wounded one woman and five men who were from Nigeria, the Gambia, Ghana and Mali.

Italy has seen a surge in African immigrants in the last few years with the political parties polarised on whether to provide asylum to them or not. One of them remained in intensive care.

Traini has reportedly shown no remorse over the attack, which he told investigators he had arried out in retaliation for the murder last week of an 18-year-old woman, Pamela Mastropietro, whose dismembered body was discovered hidden in two suitcases near Macerata.

As the violent attack unfolded in Macerata in Italy's central Marche region, police told residents to stay inside and ordered a halt to public transportation to limit the casualties.

The Carabinieri commander in the Italian city of Macerata says the extreme right-wing suspect in drive-by shootings targeting African migrants was "lucid and determined, aware of what he had done". This is ... a grave fact.

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After the assault, the Mr Traini got out of his vehicle, allegedly made a fascist salute with an Italian flag draped over his shoulders and shouted "Viva Italia", or "Long Live Italy", and "Italy for Italians".

The head of the anti-migrant Northern League, Matteo Salvini, has capitalized on the killing in campaign appearances, and is pledging to deport 150,000 migrants in his first year in office if his party wins control of parliament and he is named premier.

"Whoever, like Salvini, exploits news events and tragedies for electoral purposes is among those responsible for the spiral of hatred and violence that we must stop as soon as possible", Grasso said.

Leftist politicians pinned blame for the shooting spree on the far-right League party that looks set to make major gains in a March 4 national election.

Seeking the moral high ground, the ruling center-left Democratic Party (PD) called for calm.

"I can't wait to get into government to restore security, social justice and serenity to Italy", he told reporters.

"Someone who shoots is a delinquent, irrespective of the colour of his skin", he declared.

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