The situation in a Milan courtroom turned worse when a defendant brought out a pistol and fired 13 shots, killing a lawyer, a judge and a co-defendant during his on-going trail for fraudulent bankruptcy. The shooting raised several questions on security measures taken at Milan Tribunal. Two injured people were treated in a hospital.
The suspect was identified as Claudio Giardiello. Premier Matteo Renzi called for a thorough investigation as to how the gunman managed to enter the courtroom with a loaded pistol when metal detectors have been installed at various entrances of the courtroom.
“Our commitment is that this never happens again, and that those responsible pay,” Renzi said, as quoted by the Associated Press.
Chief federal prosecutor Edmondo Bruti Liberati told reporters that Giardiello might have entered the court using fake documents and used the pedestrian entrance, which is not equipped with a metal detector and only permitted court officials. He also informed that the metal detectors at all entrances were in good running condition.
After firing, Claudio fled on his motorbike, but he was later arrested by carabinieri officers in Vimercate, on the outskirts of Milan, BBC reported.
Interior Minister Angelino Alfano informed that the alleged killer was taken to a military police barracks in the Milan area.
When the shooter started firing, hundreds of people made an exit via the stairs. “All of a sudden we heard at least three or four shots,” said lawyer Marcello Ilia.
“We tried to find out what was going on. There were suddenly lots of police officers who told us not to leave the room, they shut us in,” he said.
“After a few minutes we came out. They told us someone in a suit and tie was armed and at large in the court.”
Officials and witnesses of the Milan Tribunal informed that the gunman opened fired at the three victims while he was attending a bankruptcy hearing case in the third floor of the courtroom.
Prime Minister Renzi described the Milan courtroom firing incident “a moment of great pain, of sadness.”