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Shooter was 'calm and lucid', arresting officers say

Man has no criminal record, brother says not mentally ill

Shooter was 'calm and lucid', arresting officers say

(updates previous, updates age) Rome, April 28 - The 46-year-old man who shot two Carabinieri police officers Sunday morning in front of Rome's "Palazzo Chigi" (the premier's office) was "calm and lucid", arresting officers told ANSA. "Please loosen my handcuffs, I cannot feel my arm," Luigi Preiti reportedly told police after he was wrestled to the ground following the shooting. Preiti, from Calabria but living in the northern city of Alesandria, acted alone and suffered from mental illness, sources said. However, Preiti's brother Arcangelo told ANSA that "he is not unstable and has never suffered from mental illness". "We are shocked, we can not explain how this could happen," the brother said. Police said that Preiti, who they originally called "unstable", shot six to seven times at the two officers as premier designate Enrico Letta's cabinet was being sworn in by President Giorgio Napolitano at the presidential palace less than one kilometer away. Preiti was apprehended as he tried to escape. The two officers are being treated in a Rome hospital and are said to be in stable condition. A pregnant woman was also mildly injured, grazed by a bullet as she was walking in the center with her husband and son. She is being treated in a Rome hospital.

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