Two Policemen Injured in Rome Shootout

One of the carabinieri injured in the shooting at Palazzo Chigi

One of the carabinieri injured in the shooting at Palazzo Chigi

ROME – Two Carabinieri police officers, 50-year-old Giuseppe Giangrande and 30-year-old Francesco Negri, both from Tuscany, were injured in a shoot-out Sunday morning in front of Rome’s ”Palazzo Chigi” (the premier’s office) as premier designate Enrico Letta’s cabinet was being sworn in by President Giorgio Napolitano at the presidential palace less than one kilometre away.

The shooter, Luigi Preiti acted alone, sources said. The 46-year old from Calabria shot six to seven times at the two officers as premier designate Enrico Lettàs cabinet was being sworn in by President Giorgio Napolitano at the presidential palace less than one kilometre away. Preiti was apprehended as he tried to escape. The two officers are being treated in a Rome hospital and are said to be in stable condition. A pregnant woman was also mildly injured, grazed by a bullet as she was walking in the centre with her husband and son. She is being treated in a Rome hospital.