The suspect, Luca Traini, ran unsuccessfully with the anti-migrant Northern League party in a local election last year, and previously had been associated with the neo-fascist Forza Nuova and Casa Pound.
Photographs released by police showed Traini with a neo-Nazi tattoo prominently on his forehead and an Italian flag tied around his neck.
He also says Anastasiades' fiscal policies are geared toward the wealthy rather than ordinary households that aren't reaping the benefits of an economy growing at around 4 percent, one of the highest in Europe.
Authorities identified him as Luca Traini, a 28-year-old Italian with no previous record. Italy's ANSA news agency quoted acquaintances saying he previously had ties with the neo-fascist Forza Nuova and CasaPound parties. "This is the law".
Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni warned in Rome after the attack that "the state will be particularly severe against whoever thinks of feeding the spiral of violence". It came a day after a Nigerian man was arrested in the town over the gruesome murder of a teenage Italian girl. Clerico said the 28-year-old was stripped of his gym membership in October because of his views.
He had taken part in regional elections for the anti-immigration Northern League a year ago and reportedly made a fascist salute when he was captured. He did not win.
A video posted by the il Resto di Carlino newspaper later showed the suspect with an Italian flag draped over his shoulders being arrested by armed Carabinieri officers in the city center, near where he apparently fled from his vehicle on foot.
Local news outlets said the man was detained after he stepped out of his black Alfa Romeo 147 near the memorial, gave a fascist salute, and shouted "Italy for the Italians". A motive for the shootings wasn't immediately confirmed, but it comes just days after the dismembered body of an Italian teenager was found in the city.
Anti-immigrant sentiment has become a main theme in the campaign leading up to next month's elections. "The closeness of the two events makes you imagine there could be a connection", he stated. Official statistics put the population of foreigners in the city at 9.2 percent of the 43,000 residents.
"Everything that happened between the death of Pamela and today was fanning the flames of hate between people", the mayor, Romano Carancini, of the center-left Democratic Party, said in an interview.
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