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Gianluca CASSERI





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Shooting rampage - Race hate crime
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: December 13, 2011
Date of birth: 1961
Victims profile: Samb Modou, 40, and Diop Mor, 54 (Senegalese street traders)
Method of murder: Shooting (Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum)
Location: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Status: Committed suicide by shooting himself the same day

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2011 Florence shootings

On 13 December 2011, an armed attack occurred in Florence. Two market traders from Senegal, 40-year old Samb Modou, and 54-year-old Diop Mor, were killed by Gianluca Casseri, who wounded three other Senegalese traders in another market.

According to Florentine prosecutor Giuseppe Quattrocchi, the killer shot himself dead as he was approached by police in a car park. The attack was racially motivated according to authorities. The attack also occurred during the 2011 Liège attack, which started on the same day.


The first shootings were at the Piazza Dalmazia market on Tuesday morning, where two market traders were shot dead and one injured. The killer then fled in a car and wounded two more vendors at the San Lorenzo later that day. He shot himself when confronted by armed police.

Response to shootings

After the shootings some people protested, marching to the Prefects' office, demanding justice and a representative met the prefect. Some Senegalese met in the Duomo square to pray.

CasaPound, an Italian far-right group, described him as a sympathiser but not a member.

The attacker

The attacker was a 50 year old accountant from Pistoia who had a history of involvement in far-right politics. In 2010 he published an historical novel La Chiave del Caos, co-authored with Enrico Rulli. He also published a newsletter for fans of J. R. R. Tolkien.


Florence street vendors shot dead by lone gunman

An Italian gunman with fascist sympathies went on a rampage in Florence on Tuesday, killing two African street vendors and wounding three others in broad day light before shooting himself dead.

By Nick Squires -

December 13, 2011

Gianluca Casseri, 50, caused panic when he opened fire on a group of Senegalese street traders at a market in Piazza Dalmazia, on the northern outskirts of the city, killing two men and seriously wounding another.

He then jumped into a white car and drove off. Witnesses said the owner of a newspaper stall tried to block him but the gunman told him that unless he got out of the way he would be the next victim.

Casseri appeared a short time later at San Lorenzo market, in the centre of Florence, where he opened fire again with a large .357 Magnum hand gun, wounding two more Senegalese hawkers.

As dozens of armed police officers closed in, he then drove into an underground car park and turned the gun on himself, shooting himself in the mouth as he sat in his Volkswagen Polo.

Police said Casseri, from the town of Pistoia in Tuscany, had links to a far-Right, anti-immigration movement called Casa Pound.

Founded in Rome in 2003, it has around 5,000 members across Italy and draws its inspiration from the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini.

Casseri was described by associates as a withdrawn, solitary figure who worked as an editor on a magazine specialising in fantasy and horror stories.

“I heard the shots but I thought they were fireworks. Then I turned around and I saw three men on the ground surrounded by blood,” said a vendor at the scene of the first shooting.

Florence and other large Italian cities host a shifting population of African street vendors who sell traditional handicrafts and fake designer handbags to tourists.

After the shootings, a group of around 200 Senegalese traders staged a demonstration, shouting “Racists!” and “Shame, shame”.

The mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, expressed solidarity with the immigrant community and said the city had been “shaken by the lone act of a crazed and pitiless killer.”

The three wounded men were being treated for chest and abdominal wounds in Florence’s Santa Maria Nuova hospital.


Florence gunman shoots Senegalese street vendors dead

Far-right sympathiser Gianluca Casseri, 50, kills African migrants before shooting himself dead

Tom Kington -

Tuesday 13 December 2011

A lone gunman with extreme rightwing sympathies has gone on a shooting spree in Florence, killing two Senegalese street vendors and wounding three others before killing himself.

Gianluca Casseri, 50, an accountant, first shot dead two vendors and wounded a third with a .357 Magnum at the crowded Piazza Dalmazia street market on the outskirts of the city on Tuesday morning.

He then fled in a car after threatening to shoot a stall holder who attempted to stop him, reappearing later in the day at the central San Lorenzo market where he fired at two African vendors, wounding both.

Police officers found Casseri back in his car in the car park of the market, where they fired warning shots before he reportedly shot himself dead.

Described as a solitary type who had recently moved to Florence from a small Tuscan town, Casseri was a fan of fantasy comics and fiction including Tolkien. Last year he published a historical novel.

The Italian far-right, anti-immigration organisation Casapound said on Tuesday that Casseri was a "sympathiser" who had frequented one of its centres in Tuscany, holding talks on his book.

Around 300 Africans marched in protest at the killings, demanding to see Casseri's corpse. "Don't tell us he was a madman," said one, "because if he was he would have killed whites as well as blacks".

A vendor at Piazza Dalmazia said: "Senegalese lads often sell here, they don't make any trouble and no one expected this."


Italian man kills two Senegalese traders in Florence

December 13, 2011

An Italian man has opened fire in two markets in central Florence, killing two Senegalese traders and injuring three others.

The attacker, 50-year-old Gianluca Casseri, belonged to a far-right group, Italian media said.

He killed two men and injured a third in Dalmazia Square before opening fire in San Lorenzo Square, wounding two.

Casseri was later found dead in an underground car-park, having turned the gun on himself, police said.

Italy's president, Giorgio Napolitano, denounced "this blind explosion of hatred" and called on Italian authorities and society to "combat in the bud every form of intolerance and to reaffirm the tradition of openness and solidarity in our country".

The mayor of Florence described the shooting spree as that of a deranged person acting alone.

"These are the actions of a lone killer - a lucid, mad and racist killer," Matteo Renzi said, adding that such behaviour was out of character for the city and had shocked it to its core.

Casseri is reported to have calmly got out of a car in Dalmazia Square and opened fire, killing the two Senegalese in the market, and injuring a third.

"I heard what I thought were fireworks but when I turned around I saw three men bleeding on the floor," a market trader who saw the attack told La Repubblica.

As shoppers and traders fled in panic, some people tried to pursue Casseri, but he escaped in his car.

Later he began firing at other Senegalese traders at a market in a second square near the city's cathedral - one of the city's largest - injuring two more people.

Dozens of Africans living in the city - many of whom make a living selling knick-knacks and fake designer bags to tourists - have marched through the city centre in protest at the killings, knocking over mopeds, bins and street signs.

A published author of science-fiction novels, Casseri is reported to have belonged to a far-right association called Casa Pound.

The group sought to distance itself from Casseri saying it did not support any type of violence.

Fabio Barsanti, a regional co-ordinator for the group, described Casseri as "lonely" and "living in his own world" but "not crazy".



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