2018 Macerata attack

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2018 Macerata attack
Macerata Monumento ai Caduti 1932.JPG
"War Memorial of Macerata" where Traini was finally arrested
LocationMacerata, Marche
Date3 February 2018
11:00 (UTC+1)
Attack type
Weapons9mm Glock 17 Gen3
Non-fatal injuries
PerpetratorsLuca Traini

2018 Macerata attack was a right-wing terrorist shooting occurred in Macerata, Italy, on 3 February 2018. It had widespread media coverage and affected Italian politics as it occurred during the political campaign for the 2018 Italian general election.


On 3 February 2018 in the city of Macerata, Marche, 28-year-old local Luca Traini, driving a black Alfa Romeo 147 and armed with a 9mm Glock 17 Gen3 semi-automatic pistol, seriously wounded, in a drive-by shooting, six African migrants.[1] Traini also targeted local headquarters of the ruling Italian Democratic Party.[2] After the attack Traini reportedly had an Italian flag draped on his shoulders and raised his arm in a Fascist salute.[3]

Traini stated that the attack was a revenge for Pamela Mastropietro, an 18-year-old local girl whose dismembered body had been found few days earlier, stuffed into two suitcases and dumped in the countryside; for this, a 29-year-old Nigerian national and failed asylum seeker, Innocent Oseghale, had been arrested and charged.[4][5] Oseghale had been denied asylum a year previously, but remained in Italy.[6]


Traini was a member and former local candidate of Lega Nord, and many political commentators, intellectuals and politicians harshly criticized Salvini, accusing him of having spread hate and racism in the country. Particularly, Roberto Saviano, the notable anti-mafia writer who labeled the League's leader as the moral instigator of the attack.[7] Salvini responded to critics by accusing the center-left government of responsibility for Mastropietro's death for allowing migrants to stay in the country and having "blood on their hands", asserting the blame lies with those who "fill us with illegal immigrants".[8] Then Italian Minister of the Interior Marco Minniti harshly condemned the attack, saying that no political party must "ride the hate".[9]

During the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings, in New Zealand, Luca Traini's name was written on one of the right-wing terrorist's weapon magazine, to recall and praise his Macerata attack.[10] Traini dissociated himself from the event, declaring to be regretful about Macerata's facts.[11]

Judicial inquiry and conviction[edit]

The "Prosecutor's Office of Macerata" formulated against Traini the accusation of massacre aggravated by the purpose of racism, in addition to other crimes, including the abusive port of firearms.[12]

On 3 October 2018 Traini was sentenced to 12 years of detention in prison with a summary judgment.[13]


  1. ^ "'Racial Hatred' Cited After African Immigrants Are Shot in Italy". New York Times. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Raid razzista a Macerata, colpita anche la sede Pd (Racism raid in Macerata, DP local office also attacked". la Repubblica (in Italian). 3 February 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Suspect shoots, wounds at least six 'people of color' in Italian city amid tensions". The Washington Post. 3 February 2018. Archived from the original on 3 February 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Macerata, spari da auto in corsa, sei feriti: sono tutti di colore. Una vendetta per Pamela: bloccato un uomo avvolto nel tricolore (Macerata, drive-by shooting, six wounded: all black people. Revenge for Pamela: a man wrapped in the Italian flag arrested". Il Messaggero (in Italian). 3 February 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Nigerian charged over dismembered teen (4)". Ansa.it. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Italian man arrested after African migrants injured in drive-by shootings". The Daily Telegraph. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Roberto Saviano: "Il mandante morale dei fatti di Macerata è Salvini" (Roberto Saviano: "The moral executor of Macerata's facts is Salvini")". HuffPost (in Italian). 3 February 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Raid razzista a Macerata, Salvini: "Colpa di chi ci riempie di clandestini". Renzi: "Ora calma e responsabilità" (Racist raid in Macerata, Salvini: "Guilty is whom fill us with illegal immigrants". Renzi: "Now calm and responsibility")". la Repubblica (in Italian). 3 February 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Macerata: Minniti, nessuno cavalchi odio (Macerata: Minniti, no one shall ride hate)". Ansa.it (in Italian). 3 February 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Attacco moschee Christchurch, da Luca Traini a Sebastiano Venier tutti i nomi sulle armi del killer (Attack on Christchurch mosques, from Luca Traini to Sebastiano Venier all the names on the killer's weapons)". la Repubblica (in Italian). 15 March 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  11. ^ "«Luca Traini si dissocia dalla strage in Nuova Zelanda, lui pentito per Macerata» («Luca Traini dissociates himself from the massacre in New Zealand, he repented for Macerata»". Corriere Adriatico (in Italian). 15 March 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Macerata, l'accusa per Traini: strage aggravata da razzismo (Macerata, the accusation for Traini: massacre aggravated by racism)". Il Secolo XIX (in Italian). 4 February 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Macerata, Luca Traini condannato a 12 anni con il rito abbreviato. Ferì sei stranieri dopo omicidio Pamela (Macerata, Luca Traini sentenced to 12 years with summary judgement. He wounded six migrants after Pamela's homicide)". Il Fatto Quotidiano (in Italian). 3 October 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2019.