SPANISH Police are working on the theory that Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh was lured to his death at the Costa Del Sol bar where he was ruthlessly gunned down.
Detectives have recovered a mobile believed to belong to the notorious gangster and are working through the numbers on it to see who called him before he met his violent death.
Kavanagh was shot nine times by two masked men just before 5pm local time on Saturday as he sipped a beer at Harmon's Irish bar in Elviria near Marbella.
One witness said: "The men rushed up to him from behind and shot him two or three times in the back and as he tried to run. They finished the job off with a shot to the back of the head. They turned him over to see if he was dead before fleeing. It was absolutely horrific."
A source close to the investigation said: "It was a professional hit.
"He was shot nine times in the left arm, back and head but the killers fired off other shots that missed their target.
"It sounds like the worst sort of violent Hollywood film. Anyone could have got caught in the crossfire."
A stray bullet believed to have come from a gun used by the killers is said to have hit a car parked near the scene of the shooting.
Police have already seized CCTV footage from local businesses and are going over it for clues to the assassins' identity.
Witnesses have told detectives one of the men who shot the Irishman is blond and the other is bald and chubby.
Harmon's Irish bar, owned by boxing and Gaelic football fan Dave Harmon, remained closed last night and no-one from the pub was available for comment.
Police chalk marks circled the spots where spent cartridges had fallen inches from where diners were enjoying meals.
Police are now bracing themselves for a revival of the violent Costa wars of five years ago sparked by feuds in Dublin.