A right-wing extremist suspected in the shooting rampage that wounded six Africans including one Ghanaian in central Italy was “lucid and determined, aware of what he had done” and exhibited no remorse for his actions, an Italian official said.
Luca Traini, 28, remained jailed as police investigated him on multiple counts of attempted murder with the aggravating circumstance of “racial hatred” for the Saturday night attacks in the Italian city of Macerata.
The five men and one woman wounded in the two-hour drive-by shooting spree were from Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia and Mali.
Authorities seized Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf ” and other publications linked to Nazism from Traini’s home Sunday.
Six people have been injured with one in a serious condition requiring surgery.
The alleged gunman draped himself in an Italian flag, walked to the town's war memorial and made a fascist salute before being arrested this afternoon.
Local media claim he shouted "Long live Italy" after trying to escape by foot and a gun was found in his car.
The ruling centre-left Democratic Party (PD) said Traini stood as a candidate for the rightist Northern League at local elections last year and accused him of firing shots at one of their offices before he was arrested.
Mayor Romano Carancini warned residents to stay inside while Traini – in a black Alfa Romeo – was at large.
He said: “Stay at home until further notice. There is an armed man in a car who is shooting in the city.”
Public transport was halted and children were kept in schools.
Italian police tweeted: “Gunshots in Macerata. There are wounded. Police operation in progress. Stay in shelter and avoid outdoor areas.”
The shootings began at 11am local time (10am) when he fired at two young African migrants, according to local media.
Another migrant and an African woman were reportedly shot shortly afterwards.
Cops set up roadblocks across the town and pored through CCTV images.
The shootings took place just days after the body of an 18-year-old Italian woman was discovered cut up and hidden in two suitcases.
A Nigerian migrant was arrested in connection with her death.