Italy: Gunman kills man and 2 boys, found dead near Rome

Authorities near Rome say a gunman shot and killed an elderly man and two young boys before barricading himself in a home

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi expressed shock at the shooting in the town of Ardea and offered condolences to the relatives of the victims.

Police surrounded the home where the gunman was holed up. Speaking to reporters on the street outside, Ardea Mayor Mario Savarese said the gunman was known to be unstable and had threatened to shoot residents before.

The mayor said it wasn’t yet clear if the gunman killed himself as police moved in, noting that a gunshot was heard as police prepared to storm the home.