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Man Demanding Home Shoots Councilors

December 8, 1990

TORREMAGGIORE, Italy (AP) _ An ex-convict shouting ″give me a house″ burst into a town council meeting and opened fire with two revolvers, killing two councilors, police said.

The alleged gunman, Michele Manzulli, 50, had spent weeks asking for public housing in Torremaggiore, about 140 miles east of Rome, police said.

Councilors Lucio Palma and Antonio Piacquadio were killed on the spot in the Thursday melee. Councilor Severino Carlucci and the mayor, Pietro Liberatore, were wounded.

Other councilors managed to dive under tables and behind chairs to avoid the shower of bullets, police said.

Manzulli fled in a car but was captured by police.

He had recently been released after serving a prison sentence for murdering his brother in 1976, newspapers reported.

The mayor, struck in the head and neck by bullets, was in guarded condition Friday. The councilor was not seriously wounded and was listed in stable condition.

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