Two people have been killed in a shooting at a court in Milan, emergency services say.
The gunman, who was a defendant in a bankruptcy case, is believed to still be inside the Palace of Justice building.
He has been named in Italian news reports as Claudio Giardiello.
One of those killed was a judge, a court official said.
The area around the court has been cordoned off and police are stationed at all exits.
Some parts of the building are being evacuated, although some people were earlier told to remain inside.
Women were seen leaving first and men later, after having their identification checked.
A person speaking from inside the president’s office at the court told Sky News: “We received a call that there had been a shooting.
“We are locked inside our rooms and have been told not to leave. The court is in lockdown, the suspect is moving around the grounds.”
The gunman fired “at least three or four shots”, according to lawyer Marcello Ilia.
“We tried to find out what was going on. There were suddenly lots of police officers who told us not to leave the room, they shut us in,” he said.
“After a few minutes we came out. They told us someone in a suit and tie was armed and at large in the court.”
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