Driver opens fire on African migrants in Italian city of Macerata

Four people have been injured in a drive-by shooting in Italy this morning

Local media reported that at least six migrants were shot by a man firing out of a vehicle window as he drove around Macerata, which is located about 200 km (125 miles) east of Rome.

Sporting a neo-Nazi tattoo on his forehead and an Italian flag draped across his shoulders, a failed political candidate allegedly terrorized an Italian city Saturday by shooting six African immigrants in a two-hour gun spree.

Macerata, famous for its outdoor opera festivals, is where a Nigerian man was arrested several days ago in the horrific killing of 18-year-old Pamela Mastropietro.

In Macerata, Interior Minister Marco Minniti said the gunman had been motivated "by racial hatred", and had "a background of right-wing extremism with clear references to fascism and Nazism".

The 28-year-old stood for the far-right Northern League party in elections last year but failed to win any votes.

A witness told Reuters that the man drove around the city randomly picking out Black men and women on the streets.

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Police said in a tweet that "the wounded persons are of foreign nationality".

Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni said Italy would be "particularly severe against whoever thinks of nourishing this spiral of violence".

Italian news agency Ansa reported Traini made a fascist salute when he was arrested. "The closeness of the two events makes you imagine there could be a connection". He confirmed all of the victims were foreigners and black. Il Resto del Carlino reported that seven people have been injured, but La Repubblica put the number at six.

The news agency ANSA said two of the injured were black, and that witnesses reported that the auto was seen in the area where the woman's body was found.

Civilians were advised by Macerata mayor's office to remain inside their homes until the situation cools down. 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. Four of the injured are reportedly in a critical condition.

The Mayor of Macerata has warned people to stay indoors while authorities attend to the scene.

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