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Tuesday, 15 October, 2002, 11:31 GMT 12:31 UK
Eight dead in Italy shooting
Map showing location of shooting
A security guard has gone on the rampage in north-western Italy, killing seven people before committing suicide, police said.

The victims are believed to be family members and neighbours, including his ex-wife and four other women.


After the first shots, I went back inside my home out of fear

Neighbour
The neighbours are thought to have been killed as they tried to intervene in a family dispute.

The shootings took place in the town of Chieri, 20 kilometres (12 miles) outside the city of Turin.

Daughter at school

Turin police spokesman Colonel Filippo Ricciarelli said a number of pistols and an automatic weapon were found at the scene.

The Italian news agency Ansa said the man had separated from his wife about two years ago. Their young daughter was at school when the shootings took place.

There was no immediate word on what sparked the dispute.

The shootings took place in a leafy, secluded residential area on a hillside overlooking Turin.

Alarm raised

Police called to the scene early on Tuesday found one body lying in the garden, and others in two neighbouring houses.

A neighbour raised the alarm after hearing gunshots.

"I saw a man who was shooting and a person who fell to the ground," one witness, Battista Cappa, 71, was quoted as saying.

"He had a dark jacket on and after the first shots, I went back inside my home out of fear."

The BBC's David Willey in Rome says gun control is relatively strict in Italy, although many Italian hunters keep licensed hunting rifles at home.

The man is believed to have had access to weapons because of his job as a private security guard.

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