THE sound of gunshots rang around Estepona on Spain’s Costa del Sol last night after a diner at a restaurant was chased and shot at, before being bundled into a car by ‘hooded men’.
The dramatic events unfolded in front of many shocked witnesses last night (Tuesday) at around 10.45pm when the victim was approached at a restaurant in Avenida de España.
It is reported the man fled down the street with the attackers chasing behind firing at him.
Diners and bar clients in the busy area dived for cover as bullets ricocheted around.
Witnesses say that the ‘hooded men’ caught up with the man in Plaza de Ortiz, where it is alleged they beat him with the butt of a gun.
A high-end BMW vehicle then appeared and he was bundled into it.
Emergency services were quickly on the scene after their control room was alerted to the shooting by numerous callers.
National Police officers have taken charge of the investigations and, although it is believed the man was kidnapped, it has not been ruled out that the man may have been ‘rescued’ by friends.
In the past few weeks there have been several violent incidents on the Costa del Sol that police are treating as a settling of scores.
At the end of September a 24-year-old British man was stabbed in Puerto Banus by an assailant who fled the scene in a getaway vehicle.
The stab victim was taken immediately to Marbella’s Costa del Sol Hospital, but refused to cooperate with Spanish police and no arrests have yet been made.
Ten days earlier Brit Craig Moran suffered from shots, knife cuts and punches in an alleged gang attack after reportedly being tricked into a meeting.
Police said Moran was ‘knee-capped’, suffered broken bones in his lower body, and was cut from the corners of his mouth up to his ears, known as the Glasgow or Chelsea smile.
Moran was found after being dumped in a ditch. In relation to that incident the National Police were searching for a group of three or four Brits and believe the attack could have been related to a ‘settling of scores’.