En kjent høyreekstremist skjøt og drepte to afrikanske gateselgere og såret tre på markedet Piazza Dalmazia i Firenze. Tilstanden til de sårede skal være alvorlig. 50 år gamle Gianluca Casseri, som var kjent for sine sympatier med italienske høyreekstremister, skjøt seg selv etter drapene:
He then jumped into a white car and drove off. Witnesses said the owner of a newspaper stall tried to block him but the gunman told him that unless he got out of the way he would be the next victim.
Casseri appeared a short time later at San Lorenzo market, in the centre of Florence, where he opened fire again with a .357 Magnum hand gun, wounding two more Senegalese hawkers.
He then turned the gun on himself, shooting himself in the chest.
«I heard the shots but I thought they were fireworks. Then I turned around and I saw three men on the ground surrounded by blood,» a vendor at the scene of the first shooting told the Italian news agency Ansa.
Senegalese traders were quoted as saying that they had worked in the city for years, had never had any trouble, and could not understand the motive for the attacks.
Florence and other large Italian cities host a shifting population of African street vendors who sell traditional handicrafts and fake designer handbags to tourists.
After the shootings, a group of West African traders staged a peaceful demonstration at the scene of the first shooting, shouting “Shame, shame”, before marching on the city centre.