Red Brigade guerrillas shot dead a supreme court magistrate in a crowd Rome bus on Tuesday (18 March) and police fear the attack could be the start of a fresh chapter in the group's battle against the state.
SV PAN FROM Police vans TO Crowd
LV Distraught brother of the dead magistrate, Girolamo Minervini, arrives at scene with bus in background
SV Police PAN TO Bus in middle of road and crowd (2 shots)
GV Helicopter flying overhead
GV Bus being driven away as crowd watches
GV Police van following bus
GV Bus turns corner
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Background: Red Brigade guerrillas shot dead a supreme court magistrate in a crowd Rome bus on Tuesday (18 March) and police fear the attack could be the start of a fresh chapter in the group's battle against the state. Girolamo Minervini, aged 60, was shot at least five times by two gunmen who stalked him on his way to work.
SYNOPSIS: A caller to an Italian news agency claimed responsibility for the murder in the name of the Red Brigades, which police now suspect is to blame for the killing of three senior magistrates in the past month. Mr. Minervini was a deputy attorney general in Italy's highest court. A youth sitting next to him on the packed rush-hour bus was hit by a stray bullet but not seriously hurt.
Witnesses said two gunmen waited until the bus reached a square before opening fire. In the panic that followed, they escaped, apparently in a waiting car. Mr. Minervini spent many years in senior posts with the Italian prison board. After his appointment to the courts, he dispensed with a bodyguard, telling a friend that the anonymity of a bus would be better protection.