Frenchman killed in Marbella in latest score-settling was shot 20 times with an AK-47

Police at the entrance to Calle Pizarra where the incident took place.
Police at the entrance to Calle Pizarra where the incident took place. / Josele-Lanza
  • Police are searching for the attacker who followed the victim to his garage before shooting him dead and fleeing on a moped

Violent crime returned once more to the Costa del Sol on Tuesday night, with another murder with the hallmarks of a settling of scores. A 58-year-old man with French nationality received a hail of bullets after he entered the garage of his home in the Nagüeles area of Marbella.

The first calls to the emergency services came in at around 8.20pm, informing of gunshots being fired on Calle Pizarra and an individual fleeing the scene on a moped, said sources close to the investigation.

After receiving the alert, both Local and National Police sent patrols to attend the scene and to set up a perimeter to try to catch the attacker.

On arriving at the scene, officers found the victim in a pool of blood with several bullet wounds. Nothing could be done to save his life.

Given the nature of the crime, it was immediately referred to the Uydco-Costa del Sol unit which specialises in organised crime.

The initial hypothesis, given the profile of the victim who was known to police for drug and arms trafficking offences, is that this was a settling of scores. It appears that the perpetrator had followed the victim home on a moped, going unnoticed as it was a quiet street with next to no lighting. Upon his arrival, he was taken by surprise in his garage as he got out of his car and was shot multiple times. The post-mortem showed that he received 20 bullets in his head and upper body from an AK-47 machine gun which was later found in a rubbish container.

This latest incident is yet another example of organised violent crime in Malaga province which so far this year alone has reached around 20 incidents, among which are kidnappings, murders, shoot-outs and the planting of bombs.