A man has been arrested after a judge and lawyer were shot dead in a court in Milan, the Italian Interior Minister says.
He was named in reports as Claudio Giardiello, a defendant in a bankruptcy case at the Palace of Justice building, which is in the historic centre of the city, a few streets from its cathedral and main shops.
The president of Milan’s appeals court, Giovanni Canzio, named bankruptcy judge Fernando Ciampi as one of the victims.
The second person killed was a lawyer called Lorenzo Alberto Claris Appiani, the ANSA news agency said.
Two people were injured in the shooting. One of them is in a serious condition.
The area around the court was cordoned off after the shooting and people were initially told to remain inside.
A person speaking from inside the president’s office at the court told Sky News shortly after the shooting that they had been locked in a room and instructed not to leave.
Women were later seen leaving the building first followed by men, after having their identification checked.
The gunman fired “at least three or four shots”, according to lawyer Marcello Ilia.
“After a few minutes we came out. They told us someone in a suit and tie was armed and at large in the court.”
It was unclear how an armed man gained access to the building as visitors must pass through metal detectors.