4 dead in shooting spree in northern Italy

  • AP, Rome
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  • Updated: Jan 09, 2011 22:02 IST

A 74-year-old Italian retiree shot dead two neighbours and then his wife Sunday before turning the gun on himself, police said. Jealousy appeared to be behind the rampage in the northern city of Genoa.

Carlo Trabona, a retired bricklayer, first went to a coffee bar where he shot one of his neighbors. As the other one ran away, Trabona followed him, shot him and then went back home where he killed his wife, according to a police reconstruction reported by Italian media.

After police surrounded his building, Trabona shot himself, said Alfredo Federici of the Genoa police. The two neighbors, who were brothers, and the shooter died later in hospital, he said. Federici said an alleged infidelity may have triggered the shooting spree, as Trabona suspected that his 72-year-old wife had been having an affair with one of the neighbors, who were also his longtime friends.

Italian news reports also said the shooter had a history of mental problems.

 

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