Man murdered and wife injured in drive-by shooting

Scene of the murder in Bisceglie

BARI- A 57-year-old man has been killed and his wife seriously injured after two motorcyclists shot at their car in Bisceglie, Apulia, local police reported. The ambush occurred in broad daylight around 11am on Tuesday morning in via Ruvo whilst Girolamo Valente, the victim, was driving with his wife Caterina De Chirico in the car.

 Valente received various gunshot wounds and was taken immediately to Barletta hospital, where he died. His wife, 57-years-old also, was taken to Andria hospital where she remains in serious condition, albeit not life-threatening.

 Valente was a figure well-known within Apulian organised crime circles and had previously come into contact with the police for crimes against property and the illegal possession of arms.

 From the first pieces of information gathered from witnesses and authorities, the culprits, who are assumed to be hired assassins, wore full-face helmets and used shotguns. Valente was shot in the abdomen whereas De Chirico was shot in the legs. Around 15 shots were fired in total, 3 of which hit De Chirico.  

 Biscgelie is a town situated on the Adriatic sea just north of Bari, the capital of the southern region of Apulia, a popular holiday destination for Italians and British alike.

 The Trani Carabinieri are investigating the crime in conjunction with the Scientific Investigation Subdivision of Bari. The investigation is set to focus on the potential involvement of organised crime circles.