Gunman targeted Italian politicians, officials say

Rome, Apr 28 (EFE).- The man who opened fire Sunday in the crowded square outside the premier's office in Rome, wounding two paramilitary policemen and a female passerby, "had politicians as his target, he was not a crazy man," Italian prosecutor Pierfilippo Laviani said.

"He was a man with a lot of problems who had lost his job, had lost everything, had to move back in with his family. He was desperate," the prosecutor said.

The suspect was identified as 49-year-old Luigi Prieti, originally from the southern Italian region of Calabria.

The handgun used in the shooting was not properly registered and the man "confessed everything. He doesn't seem to be an unbalanced person," Laviani said.

Prieti, who sustained a head injury when he was overpowered by Carabinieri officers from Italy's paramilitary police, is being treated at a hospital.

The shooting took place about 11:30 a.m. as Enrico Letta was being sworn in as the country's new prime minister in a nearby building.