An Italian far-right militant killed two Senegalese vendors and wounded three people in a shooting spree in Florence on Tuesday after which he was found shot dead, media reported.
Eyewitnesses said they saw the man calmly getting out of a car at a street market on Piazza Dalmazia, north of the historic city centre, and firing off three shots that killed two vendors on the spot and gravely wounded a third.
The middle-aged white man, named as Gianluca Casseri by Corriere della Sera daily, then moved to a market in the centre where he wounded two more people.
Casseri was then shot dead, the reports said, although it was not immediately clear if he shot himself or was shot by police.
The reports said Casseri, a published author from the city of Pistoia in the Tuscany region, was using a large Magnum revolver handgun.
Around 200 Senegalese street vendors protested in the city centre after the shootings, crying and shouting "Shame! Shame!" and "Racists!" The vendors knocked over mopeds, rubbish bins and street signs in anger.
"I heard the shots but I thought they were fireworks. Then I turned around and I saw three men on the ground in blood," a street vendor was quoted by La Repubblica as saying at the scene of the Piazza Dalmazia shooting.
Another man said: "There are often Senegalese guys here who sell the usual stuff, they don't bother anyone and no-one was expecting this."
African vendors can often be seen on the streets of Italy's main cities selling African sculptures, trinkets and fake designer handbags.