Gangland figure Gary Hutch shot dead in Spain
Gangland figure Gary Hutch was brutally shot dead at an apartment complex in Spain yesterday
Reports began to emerge from Spain at around 6pm Irish time that an Irishman had been assassinated before noon at the Angel de Miraflores complex, near Marbella on the Costa Del Sol.
Last night we reported that the Hutch family were concerned that the 34-year-old was the victim of the shooting.
Hutch, from the north inner city, is a nephew of former criminal Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch.
Police in Spain are investigating the murder, a shooting that has all the hallmarks of a contract killing.
"We received a call at 11.39am advising us of a shooting. We immediately informed police and paramedics," a spokesman for the emergency services said.
"They arrived to find a man had been shot dead and the suspected gunman had fled the scene. Paramedics could do nothing to revive him and he was pronounced dead."
A lifeguard at the complex, who discovered the dead body, said: "The gunman was masked and wore gloves. He started shooting in the garage before chasing his victim out into the swimming pool."
It is reported that three bullets hit the victim.
Hutch had been a key lieutenant in the Kinihan drug gang but he fled Spain after a rival drug gang were said to be after him and he was reported to have been the intended target of the shooting that injured boxer Jamie Moore in August of last year.
He was also spotted in Dublin's north inner city in February of this year, and it was speculated that a meeting with his uncle, Gerard 'The Monk' Hutch took place.
Prior to fleeing in the aftermath of the Moore shooting, Hutch had been in the Costa Del Sol for eight years following his release from prison.
Hutch was freed in June 2006 after serving a term for armed robbery. He was later arrested and placed in custody for allegedly shooting former friend Paul ‘Dicey’ Reilly, but the allegations were withdrawn by witnesses in court.
In 2010 he was arrested as part of the Operation Shovel offensive against the Kinahan drugs gang.