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article imageIrish mobster shot by two 'ninja-like' masked men in Marbella

By Anne Sewell     Sep 9, 2014 in World
Marbella - It was apparently like a scene in the movies when two masked gunmen arrived at the Elviria shopping center near Marbella Saturday evening and shot Gerard "Hatchet" Kavanagh nine times in his arm, back and head, killing him execution-style.
Thought to be a drug gang related incident, witnesses told the media they saw two black-clad assassins, wearing balaclavas and looking rather like "ninjas" storming the terrace of Harmon's Irish Bar at 5:25 p.m. They apparently immediately opened fire with a machine pistol, killing 44-year-old Kavanagh.
The Elviria shopping center is just 500 meters away from the Don Carlos Hotel, where the annual Spain-USA forum was ongoing. Apparently Spain's defense minister had spoken earlier in the day and James Costos, the current US ambassador to Spain, was in attendance at the high-security event.
Reportedly the initial shot hit Kavanagh in the arm and as he attempted to run inside the bar for safety, he received more bullets to the back and the final "just in case" shot in the head. A stray bullet hit a parked car close by, but fortunately no bystanders were injured in the incident.
The gunmen escaped the area on foot, but witnesses saw a black BMW X3 car leave the scene, traveling at high speed. The burned out remains of the car were found around five kilometers away on the road to Marbella.
One witness, a 55-year-old British expat, told the The Olive Press that they were eating at one of the nearby restaurants when the shooting occurred. He said, “It caused pandemonium and terror.”
Another British expat, 55, from nearby Calahonda also witnessed the incident, saying, “It’s really a miracle no-one was hurt. There were tourists at all the restaurants in the square, and bullets were flying all over the place.”
The Olive Press has several exclusive photos taken by witnesses in the aftermath of the shooting.
According to the Irish Sunday Independent, police are apparently following a theory that a close female associate of a gangster named Christopher "Git" Russell may have ordered the hit, after Kavanagh ordered her car to be vandalized over an ongoing "tit-for-tat" money dispute.
Kavanagh, who was dubbed with the nickname "Hatchet", was a convicted heroin dealer. He was apparently well known to the Irish police and was said to be a violent gang enforcer and debt collector.
Kavanagh had apparently lived in Spain for several years but had returned to Dublin earlier in the year where he tried unsuccessfully to recover money owed to a Spanish drug cartel by a drug gang in Ireland.
Police have seized CCTV footage from businesses in the area as well as DNA samples and investigations are ongoing.
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