Five injured as gunman opens fire at Marbella nightclub

Five injured as gunman opens fire at Marbella nightclub
Spanish police. Credit: Belga

Four people were shot and another injured with a knife at Opium Beach Club in Marbella, Andalusia, late Sunday night.

Police confirmed that the suspect had been apprehended and that those injured were rushed to the hospital. One of the people in intensive care is a 32-year-old Irish national.

A spokesperson for Spain’s National Police said: "With regards to the shooting incident at Opium in Marbella we can confirm that five people were injured."

"Four have suffered gunshot wounds, one of whom is in a serious condition. A person who is the suspected gunman has suffered stab wounds to the chest and head."

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The shooter is reportedly a Dutch national and has been taken to the hospital due to his injuries. Police confirmed that an investigation is now ongoing.

People fleeing the scene

Social media shows scenes of people fleeing the nightclub as gunshots are heard.

The incident is thought to have happened during a fight between two groups of nightclub revellers in a VIP area of the beach club. The event is meant to have occurred after a man was thrown out of the club by bouncers moments before and who then returned.

Police have yet to confirm all the nationalities of the wounded. One man heard at the venue just before shooting appeared to be speaking in French.

The Opium is a popular club outside Marbella town centre overlooking the sea.

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