A GUARDIA CIVIL sergeant allegedly killed his ex-boyfriend at a Madrid gym before attempting to commit suicide.
The victim, who worked as a lifeguard at the swimming pool of the Holiday Gym in the Chamartin of the Spanish capital, was shot five times in the body and once in the head on Tuesday afternoon. He was dead when paramedics arrived on the scene.
They were however able to stabilize the alleged attacker who had shot himself in the forehead, although he was taken to the Gregorio Marañon Hospital in a critical condition. It appears that the 45-year-old Guardia Civil, who currently drove the buses which transfer inmates from prison to court, had an argument with his ex-boyfriend caused by jealousy as the victim had left him and had a new partner.
He was carrying two firearms, a revolver and a Beretta handgun, both registered in his name. The first hypothesis points to the Guardia Civil having visited the gym to see his ex-boyfriend, leading to an argument in the men’s changing room which was on the first floor of the gym, where he later shot him and attempted to take his own life.
According to witnesses, some people thought the noise was caused by work being carried out in the facilities until they saw how people began running down the stairs from the changing rooms, dressing themselves as they ran and shouting that there had been a shooting inside.
The reported hearing several bangs, five or six to begin with and another one after a short pause.
Several patrol cars arrived at the gym, as well as the paramedics, members of the Forensic Team and officers from the Homicide Department who will be in charge of the investigation.
By Jennifer Leighfield