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Kidnapped Induustrialist Wounded in Shootout Dies

May 9, 1987

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) _ Italian industrialist Eugenio Gazzotti died Saturday of a bullet wound to the head he received nearly two weeks ago in a shootout between his kidnappers and his son, hospital officials reported.

Gazzotti, 73, a Bologna manufacturer of wood floors known as ″the king of parquet″ was shot by one of his two captors when his son Giacomo, 33, tried to free him.

He had been held chained to a tent in an isolated wood near Florence since March 3, when kidnappers abducted him on his way home from work.

According to police, on April 29, his son met the two kidnappers in a town near Florence to give them the last ransom payment of $1.2 million. They hooded him and took him to the wood where his father was held.

Giacomo Gazzotti yanked out a pistol hidden in his pants and fired at one kidnapper, injuring him, police said. They said the captors then fired at the elder Gazzotti, hitting him in the head and chest.

The son fled, and after three hours in the woods, alerted police in a nearby town. Police found the wounded father and kidnapper later that day.

Gazzotti had been in a coma since the shooting.

The wounded kidnapper, Mario Trudu, was in a hospital, police said. They said a second man was arrested but did not say if he was believed to be the second abductor or was otherwise involved.

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