Gangster Gary Hutch 'chased around swimming pool' before being shot dead in Spain
A notorious Dublin criminal has been shot dead in broad daylight on Spain's Costa del Sol.
Gary Hutch (34) was chased around a swimming pool in a private apartment complex by a gunman in a balaclava before he was gunned down.
The shooting happened at the Angel de Miraflores complex, near Marbella, just after 11.30am yesterday morning. The area is said to be popular with Irish and British ex-pats.
"We thought at first it was a terrorist," said one shocked neighbour. "There were lots of shots, around a dozen, and then we saw him running away."
Hutch, from the north inner city, is a nephew of former criminal Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch.
He had links to the feared Kinahan crime cartel in Spain and had survived previous attempts on his life. It is understood that Hutch family members had been approached in Dublin recently by a man who made threats against the victim's life.
Concerned friends were last night calling Hutch's family who were awaiting official confirmation their son had been murdered. The family were said to be deeply upset and "in floods of tears".
Local Civil Guard officers have launched an investigation into the shooting.
"We received a call at 11.39am advising us of a shooting. We immediately informed police and paramedics," a spokesman for the emergency services said.
"They arrived to find a man had been shot dead and the suspected gunman had fled the scene. Paramedics could do nothing to revive him and he was pronounced dead."
The gunman fled in a car which was found abandoned outside a nearby restaurant.
Eyewitnesses are understood to have told police the victim, a keen sportsman, was targeted when he came back from a run by a man wearing a balaclava who chased him round the pool on foot before shooting him.
A lifeguard at the complex also told Spanish authorities that Hutch lived in an apartment there.
"I was the one who identified him. He lives in a ground-floor flat but I don't know his name or much about him. He's very reserved," he added. "The gunman was masked and wore gloves. He started shooting in the garage before chasing his victim out into the swimming pool."
Residents trying to reach their homes were warned by the police not to go near the pool before they were let in. One said the victim had lived at the flat for around a year and did not know his name.
Another described him as someone who was "pleasant but kept himself to himself".