A friend of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and two other women were shot dead Sunday after a man opened fire at a Rome coffee shop.
The women were holding a board meeting for their condominium in Rome’s Fidene district when the 57-year-old gunman stormed in and opened fire, according to Italian authorities.
The suspect was overpowered and detained by other residents at the meeting. Police arrested the man when they arrived at the scene.
“He came into the room, closed the door and shouted “I’ll kill you all” and then started to shoot,” one witness said, according to Italian news agency Ansa.
The suspect was known to board members and had been in a series of disputes with the residents’ association, according to witnesses.
He had been previously been reported to authorities for making threats against local residents, witnesses said.
Meloni, who is the country’s first female leader, posted a photo on Instagram late Sunday of herself with her slain friend, Nicoletta Golisano, writing: “It is not right to die like this.”
“Nicoletta was happy, and beautiful, in the red dress she bought for her 50th birthday party a few weeks ago. For me she will always be beautiful and happy like this,” the prime minister added.
The other two victims weren’t named.
Four others were also wounded in the shooting, including at least one who suffered serious injuries.
Cops haven’t disclosed a motive for the shooting.
The prime minister did not suggest the deadly ordeal was political.
Meloni said the shooting range where the suspect took the gun from had been shut down and placed under investigation by authorities.
Rome Mayor Roberto Gualtieri called an emergency security meeting for Monday, describing the ordeal as a “grave episode of violence that has struck our city.”
With Post wires
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