Terrifying moment tourists run screaming as gunshots ring out in Benidorm nightspot in gangland feud that left innocent British man shot in the buttocks
- Briton, 42, was shot in the buttocks during attack outside a Benidorm nightclub
- Video shows terrified British tourists running for their lives as shots ring out
- A Moroccan and a third man were also hurt in the attack last night at 11pm
- Local sources say shooting of the Moroccan linked to sale of drugs in the area
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Terrifying tourists can be seen fleeing for their lives in video footage from the suspected gangland shootout in Benidorm on Wednesday that saw a British man hit in the buttocks.
The dramatic clip shows holidaymakers running for cover as a suspected feud between two rival drugs gangs descended into violence in the heart of the Spanish holiday resort’s Little England area.
An unidentified British person can be heard shouting: ‘Gun, f***ing gun’ as at least four shots ring out on a crowded street.
Trouble in paradise: Video footage shows British tourists fleeing for their lives as shots ring out on a busy party street in Benidorm, Spain
The injured 42-year-old British man – believed to be an innocent bystander – was later treated for a superficial wound in the buttocks.
A Moroccan and a third man, believed to be of Arab origin, were also hit by bullets, but their injuries are not reported as serious.
Witnesses, some from Britain, told how they were forced to ‘do a runner’ from the scene after gunshots were heard.
One said: ‘We were at the pub across from it. Pubs were on lockdown because of it. Couldn’t believe my eyes.’
Another British visitor posted on Twitter: ‘Sitting in a bar in Benidorm, next minute doing a runner after a supposed double shooting.’
An unidentified British person can be heard shouting: ‘Gun, f***ing gun’ in the video
Little England lockdown: British tourists posted pictures of the scene on Twitter (above)
A manhunt is underway and police are set to to check CCTV from the area.
Spanish police said yesterday that the Briton would be questioned as part of the criminal inquiry.
A police source said: ‘He was here temporarily and had planned to fly back home on Saturday and we think at this stage he is simply a tourist who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.’
Spanish National Police said Thursday that they were hunting four men who abandoned a BMW at the scene before fleeing in a taxi.
A spokesman for the force confirmed: ‘No arrests have been made so far. Three men were hurt including a Brit, but none seriously.’
Pictures and video show emergency services descending on the road and placing the area on lockdown on Wednesday evening
A well-placed source said: ‘Witnesses have not said there was a row or fight prior to the shooting.
‘One of the theories we are looking at is this was a settling of scores linked to drug dealing.
‘The BMW car the gunmen arrived in was abandoned at the scene and is now in a police pound so it can be examined by forensic experts. The men police are hunting fled the scene in a taxi.
‘They could be of Arabic origin or eastern European origin.’
The street where the shooting happened – Mallorca Street – is in the heart of Little England and the nearby Hippodrome disco-pub is popular with Brit tourists and expats.
There is no suggestion the shooting was in any way linked to the nightspot.
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