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Monday, 14 November 2011

Shoot-out "at the OK Corral" - or Mazarrón to you and me!

(Please see UPDATES at end)

Local police were contacted by telephone last night at around 11pm by a number of worried residents who heard what appeared to be gunshots (some described the noise as being like 'firecrackers') in the Avenida de la Constitución near the bus-stops and petrol station.

So far, what is known is that one person, named as Gustavo Enrique Romero Leon (please see UPDATE at end) and described as a "South American citizen of 37 years", has died after being shot in the chest. A second body, that of what is described as a young man, a "Spanish national", was found about 400 metres away, in critical condition, but alive apparently, with a gunshot wound to the head. The second person has not been named, but presumably the identity is known if it is known that he is Spanish (unless the assumption is made based on skin colour?). Currently the Guardia Civil are investigating any possible relationship between the two events.

No mention is made of weapons having been found at the scene. Did the two shoot each other, or were others involved? It is being tentatively speculated so far, and in the absence of other hypotheses, that there may have been a brawl. However, it seems there is a possibility that the shooter(s) may yet still to be found. So far no arrests have been made.

UPDATE (Tuesday, 15NOV2011 08.39 GMT) The dead man is now identified as Manuel Vicente Aguilar Dávila. For further details, please see my later article here, which itself contains a further update.

2nd UPDATE (Thursday 17NOV2011 07.44 GMT) The 16-year old has now died of the gunshot wound to his head and the alleged perpetrator has now been remanded in custody for what is now a double-murder and various other suspected serious crimes - read more here.

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