Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Wedding photographer shot dead as couple pose with guns
An official photographer was shot dead at an Italian wedding while the bride and groom were posing for pictures with a gun.Guests were horrified when the firearm went off accidentally, killing photographer Calogero Scimeca, a 45-year-old married man with children.
The bullet hit him in the head, killing him instantly, police said.
The .22 calibre rifle was one of several firearms which the bride and groom, Valentina Anitra, 22, and Ignazio Licodia, 25, were supposed to pose with on their big day in the village of Altofonte, near Palermo in Sicily.
Firearms are often fired at weddings and festivals in southern Italy and powerful fireworks are also popular, causing dozens of injuries a year.
Police are now deciding whether to bring charges of negligence against the groom's parents, Mario, 56, and his wife Rita, because the accident happened at their house shortly before the scheduled wedding ceremony.
They allegedly fetched the rifle when the photographer suggested that using some guns as props would make for a memorable wedding album.
It was properly licensed and used for shooting wild boar and other game in the surrounding hills.
FROM THE DAILY TELEGRAPH