POLICE are hunting four men after a shooting outside a nightclub late last night in Benidorm’s Little England area.
A British man thought to be an innocent holidaymaker was caught up in the drama outside the Hippodrome disco-pub in the popular Costa Blanca resort.
HIBBYBILLY2002/TWITTER Emergency services at the scene of the shooting in Benidorm last night
Detectives said today the 42-year-old had suffered a superficial wound to his bottom that could have been from a ricochet bullet and would be questioned as part of the criminal inquiry.
A well-placed 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.”
Two other men were hurt in the shooting around 11pm last night.
A Moroccan man suffered a superficial wound and a third man believed to be of Arab origin was hit by a bullet, although his injuries were not described as serious.
Twitter/mitchmannns95 Police officers, above, near the scene in which an innocent Brit tourist was shot
Spanish National Police said this morning 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.”
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.”
GOOGLE MAPS The incident happened outside the Hippodrome disco-bar, right, but there is no suggestion that the shooting was in any way linked to the nightspot
The source continued: “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 getaway vehicle is understood to be a foreign-plated vehicle.
The street where the shooting happened – Mallorca Street – is in the heart of Little England, and the Hippodrome disco-pub is popular with Brit tourists and expats.