Marbella gunman opens fire at beach club leaving ‘one dead and four injured’

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A lone gunman has launched an attacked on a packed famous nightclub in the popular tourist resort of Marbella, Spain.

One woman has died and four are injured as a result – it is unknown if any Brits were hurt in the shooting.

It took place at the Opium nightclub after a fight had broken out, according to reports in El Confidencial.

A local said: "I looked out because I knew that these were not fireworks like the ones that had been launched on other nights. I saw many people running and leaving the premises so I called the police."

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The local also claimed that he saw around 18 police cars at the scene, along with three ambulances.

The shooter, who was arrested, was thought to have been injured by a knife to the chest and head and is now under police custody in hospital awaiting medical treatment.

Local police were called 112 times, Sur News said, and they are still investigating the incident.

Video of the incident shows punters running in all directions as a gun can be heard going off in the background.

The cause of the fight, which took place around 1am, is still unknown.

No statement has yet been released from the police, but EuroWeekly News is reporting that the shooting could have involved "drug traffickers" .

The Daily Star has reached out to the FCDO for comment on the matter.

The Opium club is one of Marbella's most popular venues during the summer.

Describing itself as the "ultimate beach club experience", it is basically one giant swimming pool surrounded by outdoor four-poster beds, posh sun-loungers and a big screen with a DJ booth.

Sunday night's usually sees the club hold a "Bottles and Bubbles" event, according to its website, which is focused on champagne – it is over 18s only, with a casual dress code.

Venue management has also yet to comment on the matter.

The incident caused outrage on social media, with Spaniards hitting out at the rules on guns in the country.

One wrote: "In Spain, criminals carry weapons and citizens do not.

"We will not be able to defend our property, home or family.

"We don't have authorities to protect us either."

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