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Northern mayor shot by former policeman declared brain dead

Laura Prati hospitalized since shoot out in office July 2

Northern mayor shot by former policeman declared brain dead

Rome, July 22 - The mayor of the northern town of Cardano al Campo who was shot and seriously injured July 2 has been declared brain dead, the Lombardy Regional Assembly Head Raffaele Cattaneo announced on Monday . Physicians on July 10 performed six hours of emergency surgery on Laura Prati after a brain hemorrhage while she was being treated in the Gallarate hospital. Prati was shot together with town's deputy mayor, Costantino Iametti, by 49-year-old Giuseppe Pecoraro, a former municipal policeman who had recently been transferred to an administrative position in the city offices following fraud and extortion probes, police said. The man allegedly told employees to stay back then entered Prati's office and opened fire. He also had a stockpile of weapons and ammunition in his car, police said. "I have settled the scores," the man reportedly said after the shooting before he fled to a nearby office building. He was eventually surrounded by police who captured him unharmed following a shoot out.

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