Police say at least 2 killers behind shootings
22 August 2007, Berlin (AP) – Investigators have determined that at least two people fatally shot six Italians last week in an apparent feud between organized crime clans, and that the victims did not shoot back, according to German police.
22 August 2007
Berlin (AP) – Investigators have determined that at least two people fatally shot six Italians last week in an apparent feud between organized crime clans, and that the victims did not shoot back, according to German police.
Surveillance footage taken from the near the scene of the Aug. 15 shooting in Duisburg appeared to have provided little help. Police said late Tuesday that most of the footage was still "unusable" after authorities worked for days to enhance it.
They released one scene of just a few seconds that, in the background, showed the faint outlines of two people running across a nearby gas station. Still, they said they were hopeful it might prompt tips from witnesses.
Police said that work at the scene showed the victims "were shot by at least two perpetrators who fired their shots from the same direction."
They said no traces of smoke were found on the victims' hands, so "it can be ruled out that they themselves shot," and that it also was clear that all the shots came from outside the two cars in which the victims were found.
The Italians, between the ages of 16 and 38, were shot and killed after they left a birthday party at an Italian restaurant in downtown Duisburg in the early morning hours. Police have said a witness saw two men getting into a large, dark sedan before it drove away at high speed.
German and Italian officials have said the most likely motive was a feud between two criminal family clans from San Luca, in Italy's Calabria region, both believed to be part of the 'ndrangheta syndicate.
The 'ndrangheta is linked to crime around the world, and is considered today even more dangerous than the Sicilian Mafia.
Subject: French news