Gunman targets African migrants in Italy's Macerata

Italy shooting

A drive-by shooting has injured several in the inner city of Macerata, Italian police stated, and also, authorities are cautioning people to stay indoors.

The suspect was identified as 28-year-old Luca Traini, according to multiple Italian media reports, citing police.

The mayor of the Italian city of Macerata, Romano Carancini, confirmed the number of wounded to Sky TG24 and revealed there were five men and one woman among the victims, one of them suffering life-threatening injuries.

Police said the shooter drove around Macerata, which is famed for its outdoor opera festivals, in a black Alfa Romeo vehicle firing out of his window at migrants in various locations.

"They were all of colour, this is obviously a grave fact".

Traini had run for town council on the anti-migrant Northern League's list in a local election a year ago in Corridonia, the party confirmed, but its mayoral candidate lost the race.

The League backs fiercely anti-immigrant policies and is part of ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right alliance that is leading in the polls ahead of a March 4 national election.

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

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A Nigerian migrant was arrested in connection with her death.

During the campaign, Salvini visited Corridonia and met with local candidates, according to the town's center-left mayor, Paolo Cartechini, although it was not immediately clear whether the suspected shooter was present.

"What happened appears to be a completely random armed retaliation raid", Minniti said, adding that evidence indicated that while the gunman had planned the attack, he had acted alone. A Nigerian man was detained over the killing.

"What was this maggot still doing in Italy?".

"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.

"The left has blood on its hands", he wrote.

More than 600,000 mainly African migrants have crossed the Mediterranean Sea and landed in Italy over the last four years, often times with the assistance of the Italian navy.

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