:: Sunday, 11 November 2007 ::
Oh God. I am a Lazio Fan
Gabriele Sandri, a 26-year-old disc jockey from Rome, was hit in the neck by a bullet while in a car at the rest area along the A1Autostrada highway near the town of Arezzo, about 200km north of Rome. The fans were heading to Lazio's match at Inter Milan.
Arezzo police, reading a statement, said police in two patrol cars who had stopped on the opposite side of the highway for an unrelated check of vehicles turned on their sirens when they "heard yelling, screaming" and realised the occupants of three cars in the rest area were fighting.
"They turned on their sirens," but the clash continued, the police said. "One of the (officers) decided to fire two shots in the air to try to intimidate them."
"At that point the cars moved" to return to the highway, the police said. One of the vehicles "with five occupants, took a shot, which hit the young man in the neck", the statement said.
The car drove a few kilometres to the nearest exit and asked for help, but the fan had been mortally shot, and an ambulance crew failed to revive him, police said.
They described the officer who fired the shots as a veteran but didn't provide the officer's name, and, adding that the case was under investigation, refused to answer questions.
How bloody awful is that?
:: WB 2:23 pm [link+] ::