Genova, May 24 - A 58-year-old man who threw his ex-companion out of a car and shot her repeatedly in the Ligurian city of Genova told police that he was "desperate" after she refused to continue their relationship. Police said that Bruno Calamaro, a businessman from Genova, was arrested after he shot then pushed 41-year-old Cuban Yamila Gonzalez from his vehicle before shooting her again in the back and speeding away. Gonzalez was taken to a hospital where doctors describe her condition as "serious". Witnesses were able to take down the man's license plate and alert police, who found a 22-caliber pistol in the man's car. "I don't know what happened to me...I was in love and felt like she was playing with me," Calamaro told police. The shooting is the latest in a series of violent crimes against women that has plagued Italy. A third of women in Italy reported being victims of serious domestic violence, according to a 2012 UN report citing data from Italian statistics agency ISTAT. A 2012 UN report cited earlier in May said 127 women were murdered by men in Italy in 2010, often as a result of "honor or jealousy".
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