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VIDEO: Man shoots at victim with unloaded gun

In a nail-biting video clip that has shocked the world, a gunman in Foggia, southern Italy, is captured on CCTV aiming shots at his injured victim. The victim cowers in fright – only for the gunman to realize he's run out of bullets.

VIDEO: Man shoots at victim with unloaded gun
Screengrab: YouTube

In a one-minute surveillance tape dated August 22nd that has had viewers all around the world gasping in horror, a man armed with a gun in the city of Foggia in the southern region of Puglia, is seen pursuing his victim in broad daylight.

At the start of the tape, which you can watch below, the attacker is observed cycling up the street in the right-hand corner of the screen. Moments later, his victim can be seen walking down the road.

A chase ensues, in which the attacker runs down the road in pursuit of his victim pointing a gun.

Another camera angle then shows the victim falling to the ground, after suffering a bullet to the leg.

The gunman approaches him, ready to finish him off with the final coup de grace or colpo di grazia as it is known in Italian. The writhing victim extends his arms in protest, but the determined attacker continues to shoot, only to realize that the gun isn’t loaded.

Now, thanks to the well-placed CCTV cameras in the area, police have now identified and arrested the alleged would-be killer as 24-year-old Michele Morelli.

His victim, 31-year-old Mario Di Bari, is still recovering in hospital.

According to unconfirmed reports in La Stampa, the shooting was related to the purchase of a car which was acquired through illicit means. However, the victim has not yet confirmed this hypothesis to police. 

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ROME

‘Bank robber’ rescued in Rome after tunnel collapses

Four people were arrested in Rome after a suspected would-be bank robber was rescued from a tunnel under a road, police said on Friday.

'Bank robber' rescued in Rome after tunnel collapses

An Italian man had to be rescued after becoming trapped in a collapsed tunnel near the Vatican, suspected of being part of a gang burrowing its way to a nearby bank.

Firefighters spent eight hours digging him out from under a road in the west of Rome, before he was finally freed on Thursday evening and taken to hospital.

“Two people from Naples were arrested for resisting a public official and two, from Rome, for damage” to public property, a police spokesman told AFP.

The rescued man, one of the two Romans, remains in hospital, he said without giving an update on his condition.

“We are still investigating, we do not exclude that they are thieves, it is one of the theories,” he said.

For Italian newspapers, however, the motive was clear, with reports noting the tunnel was found near a bank ahead of the August 15th long weekend, when residents traditionally head out of town and much of Rome is left empty.

“The hole gang,” headlined newspapers Repubblica and Corriere della Sera, while La Stampa said: “They dig a tunnel to rob a bank, and one of them is buried underground.”

Other reports referred to the suspected burglar as l’uomo-talpa, or ‘mole man’.

An AFP reporter at the scene on Thursday saw the man brought out alive on a stretcher, after a day-long operation involving dozens of emergency service workers using mechanical diggers.

The tunnel began underneath an empty shop that had recently been rented.

“We all thought that the people there were renovating the place. So we had no suspicions and we did not hear noises either,” a resident, Michele, who lives in the same building told AFP.

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