2011 Florence shootings

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2011 Florence shootings
Location Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Date 13 December 2011
12.30 p.m. (Central European Time)
Target Senegalese market traders
Attack type
Spree shooting
Weapons Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum
Deaths 3 (including the perpetrator)
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrator Gianluca Casseri
Motive Race hate crime

On 13 December 2011, an armed attack occurred in Florence.[1][2] Two market traders from Senegal, 40-year-old Samb Modou, and 54-year-old Mor Diop,[3] were killed by Gianluca Casseri, who wounded three other Senegalese traders in another market.[1][2] According to Florentine prosecutor Giuseppe Quattrocchi, the killer shot himself dead as he was approached by police in a car park.[1] The attack was racially motivated according to authorities.[1][2] The attack occurred during the 2011 Liège attack, which started on the same day, at the same hour.



The first shootings were at the Piazza Dalmazia market on Tuesday morning, where two market traders were shot dead and one injured.[2] The killer then fled in a car and wounded two more vendors at the San Lorenzo later that day.[2] He shot himself when confronted by armed police.[2]

Response to shootings[edit]

After the shootings some people protested, marching to the Prefects' office, demanding justice and a representative met the prefect.[2][4][5] Some Senegalese met in the Duomo square to pray.[5]

CasaPound, an Italian far-right and neo-fascist[6] group, described him as a sympathiser but not a member.[2][5]

The attacker[edit]

The attacker was a 50-year-old accountant from Pistoia who had a history of involvement in far-right politics.[5] In 2010 he published an historical novel La Chiave del Caos, co-authored with Enrico Rulli.[7] He also published a newsletter for fans of J. R. R. Tolkien.[5]

See also[edit]