Spanish police arrested a 40-year-old Dutch citizen on suspicion of shooting four people after a fight at a local nightspot in the resort town of Marbella early Monday.
According to NU.nl reports, various Spanish media have already stated that the suspected shooter is a Dutchman, and has since been confirmed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A 32-year-old woman and a 32-year-old Irish are in crisis at the hospital. The other two were not so seriously injured.
It’s not clear what the line at the Opium Beach Club was, but witnesses said a visitor who was taken away from the club by security guards after the battle with the Dutch returned with a knife and attacked him. The Dutch then pulled a gun and began shooting. He was also taken to the hospital with a knife wound on his eyes, neck and back.
Video footage One made by one of the visitors to the club shows a man holding a big bottle while taking off his shirt as the other is preparing for the fight. Immediately after four bullets were fired, a panic occurred on the dance floor.
Dutch social media celebrity Kelly van der Min said he was in the club and spent 10 minutes on the floor “afraid of his life.” “The woman next door was shot in her buttocks. This is just the worst,” she said on social media.
According to Spanish media, the nephew of Froilán de Malichalar of Spanish King Philip IV and his friends were also at the venue to celebrate his 24th birthday. It is unknown if any of his parties were injured.
A man living on the other side of the club said police had been called “frequently” in other cases in the past few months. Opium Beach Club is popular with tourists, including many Dutch. It was closed in 2020 because visitors refused to follow Covid’s security measures.
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