Attempted multiple murder and illegal possession of a common firearm. This will be answered by Gaetano Lombardi, 43, arrested for the shooting that took place last night in Reggio Emilia. The man, who has a history of stalking, is a worker born in Acerra. Initially he denied everything, then when the agents found the gun hidden behind the baseboard in the house he said: “They were rude, maybe I exaggerated a bit. “.
Everything would have sprung from a discussion born, as more and more often happens, for futile reasons, between the 43-year-old and a group of young people. The man, who had no connection with the victims, after the quarrel, would have gone away and then returned armed with a 6.35 caliber Beretta. Arrived in the square he started shooting. Nine shots fired among the people who fled in terror. On the ground, wounded, 5 boys. One of them, a 20-year-old, is in serious condition. The others suffered less serious injuries. The victims are three Italians of North African origin and two Moroccans.
In the videos taken by those who were in the square at that moment, we see a person who approaches a group, who suddenly flees. One of these falls while escaping. Gaetano Lombardi taking advantage of the confusion would have gone away to return home. It was precisely the images and testimonies collected by the agents of the Flying Squad that allowed him to be identified and tracked down. The weapon was found at home and had been stolen in the province of Reggio Calabria. It was hidden in the baseboard in the kitchen and the clothes worn during the shooting were confiscated.
“We have given a prompt and effective response to a very serious episode.” Speaking from the police commissioner of Reggio Emilia, Giuseppe Ferrari. “A person in the center shot some boys. It was necessary to immediately give an answer and identify the perpetrator of the crime “. “When there is a capillary control of the territory – he concluded – facts like this are promptly repressed. I am very satisfied with the work done by the police forces”.