An Irish man living in Spain has been shot dead in a bar on the Costa del Sol in a suspected gangland killing. 

The shooting took place in the suburb of Elviria near Marbella at around 5pm this evening.

It is believed two gunmen wearing balaclavas walked into the bar and fired several shots.

Following the incident the 45-year-old man was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

A burnt-out BMW, which may have been used in the incident, was found nearby, shortly after the murder. 

It is now being examined by Spain’s national police force. 

The victim is well known to the gardaí as a drug dealer and enforcer for an international drugs gang based in Spain.
He had been living in Spain with his partner and family and was also involved in boxing. 
Police believe the victim was the intended target in an incident in Marbella last month in which the former European light-middleweight boxing champion, Jamie Moore, was shot and injured.