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
3
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.

Timeline[edit]

Memorial

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]

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