As reported, a mentally disturbed man randomly attacked customers with a knife on Thursday evening. A cashier died, four other people were injured by the stitches. Among them is Pablo Marí, on loan from club Arsenal FC and playing for Italian first division side Monza Calcio. His life is not in danger, but he will need surgery after suffering abdominal and back injuries.
Monza Calcio turned to his injured defender via Twitter. “Dear Pablo, we are all here close to you and your family, we love you, keep fighting as you can, you are a warrior and you will get well soon,” Monza’s managing director Adriano Galliani was quoted there as saying. Monza Calcio is owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
“He says he was lucky,” said Monza managing director Adriano Galliani after visiting his player in the clinic. The 29-year-old defender was shopping with his family, including a young son, when he was attacked by the perpetrator. The knife did not injure any important organs, Galliani reported. Arsenal previously tweeted that the footballer was doing well under the circumstances after being taken to hospital by helicopter.
Tarantino: “He screamed and screamed”
The perpetrator, a 46-year-old Italian, was disarmed by Massimo Tarantino. The former player of the Italian club Inter Milan overpowered the man after the attack in the supermarket and handed him over to the Carabinieri. “He screamed and screamed, he was a fury,” said the ex-footballer.
According to initial findings, investigators ruled out a terrorist background for the perpetrator. He was being treated for depression and mental disorders.
The dead man is a supermarket employee from Bolivia. French supermarket giant Carrefour confirmed the death of one of its employees in the attack. The company said it was “deeply dismayed” and offered its condolences to the families of the victims.