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Man who hit pedestrians in Italy aimed to kill

In this photo taken on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, the car that was driven into a pedestrian-only square seriously injuring a woman near an outdoor skating ring near the Sondrio market, Italy, before crashing into a pillar. Italian media say an Italian man who drove the car had been aiming to kill. (Carlo Orlandi/ANSA via AP)

In this photo taken on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, the car that was driven into a pedestrian-only square seriously injuring a woman near an outdoor skating ring near the Sondrio market, Italy, before crashing into a pillar. Italian media say an Italian man who drove the car had been aiming to kill. (Carlo Orlandi/ANSA via AP)

ROME — An Italian man who drove his car last week into pedestrians near a Christmas market in the northern town of Sondrio had been aiming to kill.

Sondrio Prosecutor Claudio Gittardi confirmed Italian media reports Monday the suspect is being investigated for wanting to carry out a massacre. The car struck and seriously injured a woman Saturday at an outdoor skating rink near the Sondrio market before crashing into a pillar.

Two others who had been strolling in the pedestrian-only square suffered light injuries in the crash, which was originally blamed on drunk driving.

"As things stand, the incident seems to have been determined by personal dynamics and not with the aim of terrorism," according to police who investigated, Gittardi said in an email to The AP. The prosecutor didn't elaborate.

ANSA said the suspect, 27, when he was arrested at the scene, said that he "should have killed more" people.

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