At least six people were wounded in Macerata, Italy. The suspect is 28-year-old Luca Traini.
Italian authorities arrested a man accused of carrying out a drive-by shooting spree that targeted African immigrants.
It is reported that Luca Traini had taken part in regional elections for the anti-immigration Northern League last year where he made a fascist salute that was captured on camera.
Italy votes in national elections next month, with immigration being one of the major issues for voters.
A gun was found in his car, and copy of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf and white supremacy literature was discovered in his home.
The shooting took place just weeks after an 18-year-old girls body was found dismembered and hidden in two suitcases. A 29-year-old Nigerian male migrant was detained and is suspected of killing the young girl, Pamela Mastropietro. Is it possible this attack was motivated by revenge? Most likely…
Ansa reports that several racist comments calling for revenge attacks were posted on the Facebook page of the victim’s mother prior to Saturday’s shootings. Reports have been linking the two incidents.
Several Italian politicians have been using Pamela Mastropietro’s killing to promote an anti-migrant message as part of their campaign for the general election. I can understand why they would. Many Italians have grown frustrated over the waves of migrants assaults on Italian women, but since the shootings the Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, has suspended campaigning.
There is never a justifiable reason for shooting innocent people, and I condemn the actions of Luca Traini in every perceivable way. Senseless violence that could lead to the deaths of innocent lives is inexcusable, and Mr. Traini should be punished to the full extent of the law. But I have a gut feeling that more of this kind of violence will continue to emerge so long as western borders are treated like doormats – allowing terrorists rapists and murders to enter with ease.
Obviously immigrants are not all criminals – not by a long shot. I personally believe responsible and moderate immigration is the key to maintaining a strong populous with a core identity. However, allowing massive amounts of people into Western nations who don’t share our values or respect our laws will ultimately lead to acts of violence being committed from all sides. Nonetheless, resorting to disgusting acts of terror to achieve a political goal is never the right answer, and we should all condemn Luca Traini for what he did in Italy.