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Sunday 11 December 2016

Three shot dead as gun-toting accused goes on rampage through courtroom

A police officer stands at the entrance to Milan's court during a shooting on April 9, 2015.
A police officer stands at the entrance to Milan's court during a shooting on April 9, 2015.
Paramedics carry an injured man on a stretcher at Milan's court after a shooting on April 9, 2015
Claudio Giardiello is seen in this handout picture released by the Italian Carabinieri in Milan April 9, 2015
A woman cries as she is evacuated from the tribunal building in Milan, Italy, after a shooting was reported inside a courtroom

A man on trial for fraudulent bankruptcy opened fire in Milan's courthouse yesterday, killing his lawyer, a co-defendant and a judge before being captured as he tried to flee on a motorbike, officials said.

Prosecutors say the man who gunned down three people in Milan's courthouse fired at least 13 shots during the spree and had two spare cartridges for his weapon, indicating he acted with "cold premeditation."

Prosecutor Tommaso Buonanno, of Brescia, is conducting the investigation into the shooting. At a press conference he cited the carnage and the fact that Claudio Giardiello first fired on his lawyer and two co-defendants, then walked downstairs and shot an acquaintance and finally a judge, as evidence that he had planned the spree.

hunted

As the shots rang out, court employees barricaded themselves inside their offices and took cover under their desks as police hunted for the gunman in the fortress-like courthouse. Eventually, the employees trickled out, women first, followed by the men who had their court ID cards checked.

Prosecutor Edmondo Bruti Liberati said the gunman first fired on his lawyer and co-defendant, killing both and seriously injuring a second co-defendant.

Afterwards, he "walked through the building, going down a floor, and killed the judge," Bruti Liberati said.

It wasn't clear whether there was any relationship between the gunman and the judge.

He identified the slain judge as Fernando Ciampi, who worked in the civil section of bankruptcy court. Bruti Liberati said the gunman was on trial with two others for fraudulent bankruptcy.

Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said the suspect was caught by carabinieri police as he tried to leave the scene on a motorcycle.

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