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Surgeon treating injured Carabiniere 'moderately optimistic'

Officer shot in front of premier's office Sunday stable

Surgeon treating injured Carabiniere 'moderately optimistic'

Rome, April 29 - The neurosurgeon treating Giuseppe Giangrande, a Carabinieri police officer shot while Italy's new government was being sworn in Sunday, said his team was "moderately optimistic" about his patient's condition. "We are moderately optimistic, the patient in some way is interacting. The indications are that there is a reaction," Amalia Allocca, an Umberto I Hospital director said. Allocca didn't make any forecasts on how much mobility 50-year-old Giangrande, who suffered damage to his spinal cord after being shot in the neck, might recover. "For now the neurological condition isn't measurable," Allocca said. Another policemen was also shot and suffered less serious leg injuries in the incident that took place near the premier's office in central Rome, about a kilometre from the presidential palace where the swearing-in was taking place. Prosecutors said Luigi Preiti, a 49-year-old from the southern town of Rosarno, confessed to wanting to shoot politicians he blamed for his personal plight, after the loss of his job and the breakdown of his marriage.

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