By FRANCES D’EMILIO
Italian Premier-designate Enrico Letta speaks during a press conference at the Quirinale Presidential Palace in Rome, Saturday, April 27, 2013. Italy has finally has a new government, a coalition of Berlusconi’s forces and center-left rivals who forged an unusual alliance to break a two-month stalemate following inconclusive elections. Enrico Letta, a center-left leader, will be premier in the government, which marks the latest political comeback by Silvio Berlusconi. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
ROME (AP) — Italy’s interior minister says the shooting that seriously wounded two policemen in a square outside the premier’s office in Rome was a “tragic criminal gesture by an unemployed man.”
A female passer-by was slightly injured in the shooting, which happened just as Premier Enrico Letta and his new government were being sworn in Sunday elsewhere in the city.
Interior Minister Angelino Alfano told reporters the alleged gunman — Luigi Preiti, a 49-year-old Italian — wanted to kill himself after the shooting but ran out of bullets. The minister says Preiti fired six shots.