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Ambulance crew attacked after road-rage killing

An 18-year-old was shot dead in the suburbs of Rome last night following a ‘road rage’ row, La Stampa reported.

Ambulance crew attacked after road-rage killing
The shooting of an 18-year-old sparked attacks on ambulance staff. Photo: AlvaBeem/Wikicommons

An ambulance crew was then attacked by an angry crowd of onlookers on their arrival at the scene in the San Basilio suburb, leaving one ambulance driver with a fractured shoulder.

Moreno Coppi was shot in the head by 32-year-old Maurizio Alletto after their cars collided, the paper said. Coppi had been driving with his father, Luciano, who tried to intervene.

A 25-year-old man was also taken to hospital with stab wounds.

Rome’s new mayor Ignazio Marino released a statement saying “we cannot accept such serious incidents to occur in our city, especially when men and women, who provide assistance to those in need, are brutally attacked.”

Nicola Zingaretti, the president of the Lazio region, has called for an investigation into the incident.

Livio De Angelis, the director of the 188 emergency services, said he was outraged by the attack on ambulance staff.

"I ​​can’t understand how anyone could hate those trying to save a life,” he said.

La Stampa described San Basilio, in Rome's eastern suburbs, as an area of "drug dealers, convicts and decent people, who can only afford to live there for a roof over their heads."

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Body of missing American tourist found in Rome’s River Tiber

The body of a missing 21-year-old tourist was found in the River Tiber on Thursday morning, according to media reports.

Body of missing American tourist found in Rome's River Tiber

Elijah Oliphant, from Dallas, Texas, was on holiday with his family in Rome when he went missing several days ago.

Oliphant’s parents reported his disappearance after he left his hotel room shortly after midnight on May 24th and did not return.

Hotel security footage showed him leaving the premises wearing a white undershirt and pyjama bottoms, which he was wearing when he was found.

Oliphant’s corpse was reportedly spotted by passersby near the Ponte Sisto bridge in Rome’s Trastevere district around 10am on Thursday morning. His body was positively identified by his parents.

Members of the fire brigade and river police who recovered the body say there were no obvious signs of violence, but an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Trastevere police are reportedly investigating the matter.

The Oliphant family had arrived in Rome for a holiday on May 23rd. When Elijah went missing the following day, his parents launched an urgent appeal to help find their son.

His disappearance was featured on the missing persons television show, Chi l’ha visto (‘Who’s seen them?’) on May 25th.

Several foreigners have been found drowned in the Tiber in recent years, though there are no indication that any of the incidents are linked.

In 2016, the body of 19-year-old American student Beau Solomon was recovered from the river.

Rough sleeper Massimo Galioto was charged involuntary manslaughter in the case, but was ultimately acquitted in 2020.

Prosecutors said that Galioto pushed Solomon in the course of a violent argument. Galioto’s defense team acknowledged that the two had argued but said the student had accidentally slipped.

In May 2019, 37-year-old Imen Chatbouri, a former athletics champion from Tunisia, was found dead in the Tiber after a night out. CCTV footage later showed she had been pushed from the Ponte Sisto bridge.

A then-26-year-old man whose advances she had rejected earlier that evening was convicted of her murder in November 2021.

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