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Italian Courtroom Shooting Leaves 3 Dead as Suspect Temporarily Escapes

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Claudio Giardiello is seen in this handout picture. (Italian Carabinieri Press Office/Reuters/Landov)

By    |   Thursday, 09 Apr 2015 12:52 PM

An Italian courtroom shooting left three dead and several injured this week after a man on trial for bankruptcy fraud opened fire.

Agence France-Presse reported via Yahoo that it remains unclear how the perpetrator, 57-year-old Claudio Giardiello, was able to get a gun past the Milan courthouse's metal detectors.

Giardiello reportedly shot the judge presiding over his case, a lawyer, and his own co-defendant. Two people were also injured during the fracas, one of which is in critical condition. A total of 13 shots were fired by Giardiello.

"This is a moment of great pain, of sadness," said Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

He added that it was "unthinkable someone should be able to enter a court with a weapon" and promised "the government will shed the utmost light on the event."

Renzi also praised the police force for capturing Giardiello after he escaped to Vimercate, roughly 15 miles outside of Milan, by scooter. Police traced him by license plate after reviewing security camera footage of the incident.

Courthouse workers barricaded themselves inside their offices for over an hour after the shooting, and police diverted nearby bus and tram lines while the scene was settled.

Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said that Giardiello appeared ready to kill others in Vimercate, and Valerio Maraniello, a onetime lawyer for Giardiello, said his former client was "an aggressive person, a little paranoid."

"He was always convinced people were trying to cheat him. He never listened to advice," he added.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Arianna Leonardi, a lawyer at the courthouse, said that security had become lax at the courthouse, and didn't seem surprised that a gun was carried inside.

"If the metal detector spots something, police quickly look at you and let you in anyway. Lawyers just have to show their card and they can bring anything in," she said.



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