"Bang, bang, bang" - witness to the shooting in Italy
Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 01:36
April 28 - A witness describes the shooting of police in Italy saying the only thing he saw was a man shooting 'bang bang bang.' Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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The investigation begins after two police officers are shot outside the Prime Ministers' office in Rome on the day a new Italian government is sworn in.
Freelance cameraman Simone Bianchi said he heard two gunshots and saw a man dressed in a gray suit shooting at a policeman.
(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) EYEWITNESS, ITALIAN FREELANCE CAMERAMAN, SIMONE BIANCHI, SAYING:
"No, I didn't hear anything before he started shooting. I was about 20 to 25 meters from him. The only thing, basically, I saw was this man who was shooting, bang, bang, bang."
The shooting came as Enrico Letta's new government was being sworn in less than a mile away at the President's palace.
Ansa journalist Federico Garimberti was also at the scene when the shooting happened.
(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ANSA JOURNALIST, ENRICO GARIMBERTI, SAYING:
"It is still too early to say if this is a gesture from an unstable person or if this has been influenced by the political climate but certainly the first day of the government couldn't start in a worse way."
Forensic teams continued to gather evidence, trying to find a possible motive for the shooting.
Italy's new Interior Minister says it was an isolated act.
One police officer was shot in the neck and is in a serious condition. The other officer was hit in the leg. Italian media said a passer-by had also been injured but not seriously.
An unemployed man in his 40s was arrested following the shooting.
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