Three women shot dead in a cafe in Rome
The group inside was the neighbourhood block’s residents committee.
Rome’s mayor, Roberto Gualtieri, called the shooting a “grave episode of violence” and said he would be present at a Monday emergency meeting.
In detention is a 57-year-old suspect. There have reportedly been arguments between him and some of the committee’s board in the past.
The vice-president of the committee, Luciana Ciorba, was at the café in the Fidene neighbourhood, according to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
She claimed that the shooter had shouted “I’ll kill you all” as he entered the club on Sunday before pulling his gun. According to reports, he was overpowered by neighbourhood residents before being arrested by authorities.
One of the injured, thought to be two women and two men, is still in a critical condition.
Giorgia Meloni, the prime minister, identified one of the victims as her friend Nicoletta Golisano. Sabina Sperandio and Elisabetta Silenzi were the names of the other two deceased women.
Ms. Meloni expressed her sympathy to Ms. Golisano’s family in a Facebook post, saying she would always remember her friend as “beautiful and happy.”
“Nicoletta was a protective mother, a sincere and discreet friend, a woman strong and fragile at the same time,” she wrote.
“But above all she was a professional with a sense of duty out of the ordinary… Nicoletta was my friend.”
“It’s not right to die like that,” she added. “Nicoletta was happy, and beautiful, in the red dress she bought for her 50th birthday party a few weeks ago. For me she will always be beautiful and happy like that.”
Additionally, Ms. Meloni reported that a shooting range from where the suspect is accused of stealing the weapon used in the incident had been shut down and was the subject of an investigation.
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