Unemployed gunman shoots two policemen outside new Italian premier’s office

National Post | News

ROME — An unemployed Italian gunman shot and seriously wounded two policemen Sunday in a square outside the premier’s office in Rome just as Italy’s new government was being sworn in elsewhere in the city, the interior minister said.

Shots rang out in Chigi Square near a busy shopping and strolling area shortly after 11:30 a.m. just as Premier Enrico Letta and his new ministers were taking their oaths at the Quirinal presidential office, about a kilometer away.

The suspected gunman, dressed in a dark business suit, was immediately grabbed by other police in the square, wrestled to the ground and taken away.

The shooting “was the tragic gesture of an unemployed man,” Interior Minister Angelino Alfano told reporters after briefing Letta and his new Cabinet about the attack.

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A woman passing by during the shooting was also slightly injured, Rome’s mayor said. It was unclear if she…

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