Gunman wounds migrants in Italy in apparent reprisal attack after murder


At least four Africans were injured in a series of drive-by shootings by a gunman who opened fire on passersby in northern Italy's Macerata city on Saturday.

The shootings came days after the discovery of a dismembered body in Macerata, identified as Italian teenager Pamela Mastropietro.

A video posted by the newspaper il Resto di Carlino showed the suspect with an Italian flag draped over his shoulders being arrested by armed Carabinieri officers in the city center, near where he apparently fled his auto on foot. A local man, he reportedly ran past year as a candidate in municipal elections for the anti-immigrant Northern League, which has since changed its name to the League to broaden its appeal.

Italy is in the final weeks of a heated campaign ahead of its election on 4 March.

The mayor called on residents to stay indoors until the danger was over with messages on Facebook.

The man arrested had removed some clothing before waiting for police to take him down. The five men and one woman who were shot were expected to recover, Macerata Mayor Romano Carancini said.

A 29-year-old Nigerian male migrant has been detained over the killing of Pamela Mastropietro. More than 620,000 migrants, many of them African, have arrived in Italy since the beginning of 2014, contributing to a growing sense among Italians that the country was taking in far more people than it could handle.

The shooting spree followed the murder of an 18-year-old woman whose dismembered body was found January 31 in two suitcases near Macerata.

Emergency crews responded to the 100 block of St. Johns Street around 10:28 p.m. and found the man, 27, suffering from gunshot wounds, according to police. One had life-threatening injuries, he said.

"There's an armed man in a auto shooting in town". Police said the key suspect is a Nigerian immigrant.

Police have not said how many people were wounded in Saturday's shootings.

"Stay at home until further notice".