KEY Costa del Sol gangland figure Gary Hutch has been shot dead.
Right-hand man to Irish drug lord Christy Kinahan, Hutch, 34, was assassinated in his swimming pool at the Miraflores complex near Marbella.
A previous attempt to bump off Hutch last year resulted in the accidental shooting of British boxer Jamie Moore, when assassins mistook Moore for Hutch.
Police are searching for the gunman who reportedly fled the scene in a balaclava and gloves after shooting Hutch three times.
The car he was driving was found burnt out in Cabopino in Marbella.