The National Police are investigating after a 40-year-old Bosnian man was shot dead in broad daylight in central Marbella on Tuesday afternoon.
The incident occurred just before two o’clock on Calle Arturo Rubinstein, a road off the main Avenida Ricardo Soriano, just outside a building known as ‘la lavadora’ (the washing machine).
Despite initial reports that suggested he was fired at by a man on a motorcycle, the victim was killed by a man who approached him on foot with a sub-machine gun before firing a hail of bullets into his body.
According to preliminary inspections of the scene, a dozen bullets were fired, six of which struck his body, killing him instantly.
The assailant, who was wearing a helmet according to witnesses, then fled the scene on foot before getting on a motorcycle.
After the alarm was raised, numerous units of the National and Local Police went to the scene and sealed off the perimeter to preserve possible evidence.
A search was then coordinated across the whole town and on the main exits to try and locate the perpetrator.
During the first hours following the attack, speculation quickly spread around the town that the perpetrator had been arrested and footage of the supposed arrest was spread on social media. However, the reality is that officers identified several possible suspects in the area, but none were arrested.
Investigators are now examining the victim’s past in order to try to ascertain what enemies he had and what their motive might be.
It would appear that the police had investigated him in the past for a drug-related matter and he also spent some time in Algeciras prison in 2019. He was released approximately eight months ago and he then moved to Marbella. He was shot around 100 metres from his home.