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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

Tourist fined €450 for swim in Rome’s Trevi Fountain

With the return of tourism and scorching temperatures, Rome’s fountains are once again attracting visitors hoping to cool off with a midnight swim.

Tourist fined €450 for swim in Rome's Trevi Fountain

In the latest incident, a 26-year-old Spanish man was fined 450 euros after taking a dip in the Trevi Fountain in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Rome’s city police apprehended and fined the man after he was spotted swimming in the 18th-century monument at around 5am, according to local media reports.

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Every summer, hapless foreign visitors face fines of hundreds of euros after falling foul of Rome’s strict ban on taking a dip in public fountains – with the city mayor warning tourists that the centuries-old Baroque monuments are “not swimming pools”.

In April, two Dutch tourists also faced fines totalling over €1,000 after their own ill-advised splash in the Trevi Fountain.

The Roman landmark is one of the city’s main magnets for badly-behaved visitors, but tourists have also been fined after cooling off in the Santa Maria fountain in Trastevere, believed to be the city’s oldest. 

Since 2018, anyone caught misbehaving at Rome’s monuments can also face a temporary ‘Daspo’ ban from the area – similar to an ASBO (anti-social behaviour order) in the UK – which allows city police to restrict the movement of people they deem a threat to public order.

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But a plan to erect a one-metre-high glass and steel barrier around the Trevi fountain to protect it from unruly visitors now appears to have been abandoned after arts and heritage experts called the idea “foolish”.

Fines for swimming in the fountains have been in place since 2015, but this hasn’t stopped determined visitors from recreating scenes from La Dolce Vita and even some locals from taking a dip – – with or without their clothes.

Swimming in the wrong place is just one of the offences regularly committed by visitors, with graffiti and vandalism a common problem at many of Italy’s famous monuments.

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In Rome alone, this year tourists have made headlines for everything from breaking into the Colosseum to enjoy a drink with a view to driving a car down the Spanish Steps.

Other Italian tourism hotspots, including Florence and Venice, also have varying local rules in place aimed at curbing rowdy behaviour.

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