THE VICTIM of the shooting on Saturday night in a popular Playamar, Torremolinos restaurant has been identified by the police.
The deceased man had been arrested by Spanish police in relation to a bombing incident last month in Marbella and had reportedly recently been released on bail a week before the shooting in Torremolinos.
The deceased man has been identified as a 33-year-old Dutchman of Maghrebi origin who was arrested earlier this month following a bombing incident at the Alto de los Monteros urbanisation in Marbella.
The latest Spanish media reports suggest that the man arrived to the Tiki restaurant on the Playamar seafront, Torremolinos just before 9pm on Saturday night.
The deceased man was allegedly accompanied by a woman, leaving his Audi A4 saloon vehicle parked at the door of the restaurant.
The Tiki restaurant was not particularly crowded at the time, with reports suggesting that most reservations that night started around 9.30pm, meaning only one couple was present in the building at the time.
At 9.03pm, a waitress claims she was walking towards the man’s table when a “burly”, “hooded” man entered the restaurant and shot the man twice.
Staff report a “stampede” of employees and customers rushing to hiding places as the 33-year-old Dutchman stood up and attempted to flee before being fired at seven more times by the hooded assailant.
Police have since confirmed the recovery of nine casings, however, they have stated that not all of the shots fired hit the victim.
Police added that the victim did receive four gunshot wounds to vital areas including the head and the chest.
The gunman then allegedly fled the scene in a getaway car, which police were able to pursue but eventually lost on the motorway.
061 emergency services were able to stabilise the victim after 45 minutes of resuscitation at the scene, after which he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of Carlos Haya Hospital in Malaga.
The victim’s condition worsened during the early hours of the morning and he was pronounced dead on Sunday.
Police fear the shooting could be the latest episode in the escalating gang violence seen recently on the Costa del Sol.
A Police investigation continues to discover the circumstances behind the Torremolinos shooting on Saturday.
💥 Fallece el hombre tiroteado en Torremolinos por un ajuste de cuentas entre mafias.
👉Para hacer frente a este tipo de delincuencia reclamamos a @interiorgob que todos los Policías tengan asignado un "CHALECO ANTIBALAS" de dotación.#UneteASP#RegeneracionSindical pic.twitter.com/m3A9LsfaIA
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