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Irish man among four shot at Marbella nightclub

Police in Spain say an Irish man is in intensive care after being shot in the chest during an early morning incident


Marbella shooting

Marbella shooting

Marbella shooting

Police in Spain have said an Irish man is in intensive care after being shot in the chest during an early morning incident at a club in Marbella.

A spokesman for Spain’s National Police in Malaga confirmed a 32-year-old Irishman was one of two people in intensive care after he was shot in the chest.

He was rushed to hospital after being hit after 1am during a DJ set at the Opium Beach Club.

At least four other people were also injured in the incident.

Witnesses reported seeing a woman seen lying apparently lifeless on the floor at the popular beachfront venue just outside Marbella town.

Police confirmed they were not aware of any deaths, despite initial unconfirmed reports pointing to one of the gunshot victims dying from their injuries.

A spokesman also confirmed they had arrested the suspected gunman, a Dutch national, who suffered stab wounds to his head and chest after allegedly firing his weapon in the packed club.

The suspected gunman is being questioned by detectives at a police station in Marbella after being released from hospital.

He is expected to remain in police custody until tomorrow or Wednesday before being handed over to an investigating judge for a court quiz.

A spokesman for Spain’s National Police said: “With regards to the shooting incident at Opium in Marbella we can confirm that five people were injured.

“Four have suffered gunshot wounds, one of whom is in a serious condition. A person who is the suspected gunman has suffered stab wounds to the chest and head.

“He has been arrested and is under police custody. The police investigation is ongoing.”

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Meanwhile, Spanish police have confirmed the arrest of a second man in relation to the shooting.

A spokesman for Spain’s National Police in Malaga said: “We can confirm a second detention in relation to the incident at Opium in Marbella.

“He is a 26-year-old man.”

Footage has emerged of the chaotic scenes that unfolded following the shooting.

At least one English speaker could be overhead saying: “I heard gunshots” after a stampede to exit the venue as four shots ran out and revellers rushed from the packed dance floor.

The shooting is believed to have happened during a fight between two groups of revellers in a VIP area of the beach club after a man was earlier thrown out by bouncers.

He is understood to have returned moments later to confront the gunman who reacted by pulling out a pistol after being knifed and missing his intended target as he fired the weapon.

A spokesman for Spain’s National Police in Malaga said: “Two of the victims, a man who is Irish and a woman, are in intensive care in hospital.

“The suspected gunman is still in hospital.”

A Costa del Sol Hospital source said: “Five people have been admitted to the hospital following the incident at the Marbella beach club overnight.

“One is a man aged 40 and he has different stab wounds to his forehead, neck, back and eye.

“His condition is not serious but  he is being monitored and doctors are awaiting the results of further tests.

“Another man, aged 18, has a bullet wound in his left hip. Again, his condition is not serious but the results of more tests are still pending.

“A man of 36 has suffered a gunshot wound to his back. His condition is not serious.”

Regarding the two most seriously injured patients, thought to be the woman lying on the ground at Opium Beach Club as well as the Irish national, the source added: “A 32-year-old woman suffered gunshot wounds and has trauma injuries to her abdomen and pelvic area. She has been operated on and is serious in intensive care.

“A 32-year-old man has suffered chest injuries after being shot. He is also serious in intensive care and he is being monitored.”

The Irish man has not been named by police and it was not immediately clear if he was on holiday or lives in the area.

It is also unclear if he was one of the VIP revellers caught up in the violence that ended with the shooting or had been uninvolved and was caught in the crossfire.
Respected Spanish news website OKdiario said the King of Spain’s nephew had been among revellers at the beach club where the shooting occurred.

It said Felipe Juan Froilan, the son of King Felipe VI’s sister the Infanta Elena, had been celebrating his 24th birthday with friends at the venue. He and his pals are said to have been unharmed.

Opium Beach Club, which should have reopened at midday, remained closed today.

Staff were cleaning up empty bottles and other debris left by revellers on an artificial grass carpet in front of the stage as they fled the scene of the shooting.

One staff member said: “There’s no-one available to speak about what happened. We’re going to stay closed today and I’m not sure yet when we’ll reopen.”

The shooting happened shortly after headline act, South African DJ Black Coffee, had taken to the stage around midnight.

A Spaniard who was at the event said: “The shooting happened on the stage in a VIP area behind where the DJ was performing.

“People ran for their lives. I squatted down after I heard the shots stayed put when the stampede began before getting out via the beach and walking to Marbella town centre.”

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