AGI – Bloody Sunday in Ardea, a town of 50,000 people near the coast south of Rome. The balance of what is described by some witnesses as a quarrel for futile reasons is dramatic: 4 deaths, two brothers, David and Daniel aged 8 and 3, an 84-year-old elder who passed on the street on a bicycle, and the author of the triple crime.
At 11 in the morning a 34-year-old – sources report that last year he had been subjected to Tso, compulsory medical treatment – exploded gunshots in via degli Astri, a residential hamlet of Colle Romito, for reasons still to be clarified, target the three. The rescue attempts for the siblings and the elderly were useless, 2 helicopters and 2 ambulances arrived on the spot but the conditions of the wounded immediately appeared desperate.
After the shooting the man barricaded himself in the house, hours of negotiation attempts by a carabinieri mediator and then when the Gis carabinieri broke into the house in mid-afternoon the man – Andrea Pignani – was found lifeless. The military broke in around 16.30, they opened the way by blowing up the door of the house. Investigators report that the man committed suicide with the same gun with which he had killed the children and the elderly.
The crime scene: a residential area with two-storey terraced houses in the upper part of Colle Romito, halfway between Ardea and Lavinio. The president of the consortium of the area, Romano Catini, tells AGI: “This morning the man and the father of the children were arguing, for futile reasons”.
And again: “Before shooting them this morning, he had already fired shots against another person, but he didn’t hit her.” The man recalls that the 34-year-old, “every now and then he quarreled with the neighbors, he had already given problems, even for nonsense, sometimes he would explode gunshots, but we thought he was a scacciacani”.
Previously, even the mayor of Ardea, Mario Savarese, questioned in the excitement of the first moments after the incident had spoken of “an unstable person who had already shown hostile behavior. It is thought that everything happened for futile reasons”. The 34-year-old seems to have been followed by the ASL Roma 2.
“Daniel and David’s parents are devastated and are demanding maximum confidentiality and respect. This morning the two boys were playing in front of their house. They were approached by the man, one was shot in the chest, the other in the throat. It is. it was like an execution “, says the lawyer Diamante Ceci, defender of Domenico Fusinato, father of the two children killed in Ardea this morning and who is serving a sentence under house arrest.
“This is a tragedy – continues Ceci -. A few days ago the murderer threatened his mother with a knife. Last November his father, who held the weapon regularly, died. None of his relatives returned that gun. Today there ‘he found, left the house and killed three people. The third victim was killed with a blow to the head, this is the elderly person who had come to Ardea to spend the weekend “.
The president of the Lazio Region, Nicola Zingaretti, speaks of “a tragedy that leaves dismay”; the mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, of “immense pain”; the Pd candidate for the Capitol, Roberto Gualtieri, thinks of the “torment of the parents” while Carlo Calenda, also a candidate for the Capitol, invites us to reflect on “too many firearms around”.
And the Minister for Regional Affairs Mariastella Gelmini comments: “It is an absurd tragedy, it leaves us breathless”.