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Saturday 20 December 2014

Hunt for gunman over Spain shooting

A Dublin man has died after being shot at a bar in a Spanish holiday resort
A Dublin man has died after being shot at a bar in a Spanish holiday resort

Spanish police are hunting a gunman who shot dead an Irish holidaymaker at a popular tourist resort.

John O'Neill, 40, from Coolock in north Dublin, was gunned down outside Coco's Bar in Benalmadena, near Malaga, on the Costa del Sol.

It is believed the plasterer was caught up in a fight which spilled out on to the streets of the small seaside town at around 3am local time.

Investigators are looking for the chief suspect, a British man, who was reported to have fled the scene. Nobody has been arrested in connection with the killing.

Mr O'Neill, the father of a three-year-old boy and a nine-month-old girl, was in the Costa del Sol for a friend's wedding along with his partner.

She was with him in the bar at the time the fight broke out but was uninjured in the gun attack.

Nicole Cacho, a reporter with a local newspaper, said local police believe Mr O'Neill was shot twice with a .38 calibre pistol.

"Apparently the suspect shot the victim and fled to the beach," she said. "A fight started in the bar and they brought it outside and one of the guys got a gun and shot three bullets.Two of them apparently hit the victim and the other bullet was lost."

Unconfirmed local reports said Mr O'Neill was hit in the stomach and died at the scene. His body will undergo a post-mortem examination in Spain.

Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs said it was providing consular assistance to Mr O'Neill's family while they await a full police report on the incident.

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