An elderly man has shot and killed three members of a family who owned a laundromat in southern Italy, apparently incensed by a years-long battle over the smoke and fumes emitted by the washing machines.
The ANSA news agency reports that the suspect used an automatic weapon to shoot and kill the mother in front of the laundromat and two adult children as they tried to flee. He also seriously wounded the father, who was at home, in a Christmas Eve massacre Saturday in the tiny town of Genzano Di Lucania, near Potenza and southeast of Naples, ANSA says.
The suspect, Ettore Bruscella, 77, was immediately taken into custody.
ANSA reports that Bruscella and the Menchise family had a long-running legal feud over the laundromat's chimney.