GUNSHOTS fired on the Costa del Sol tonight are believed to have been part of a kidnapping.
Witnesses say that between two to four hooded men approached a man who was dining at a restaurant on Estepona’s promenade – believed to be Mr Noodles – at around 10.45pm.
According to sources cited by Diario Sur, the man made a run for it as the kidnappers gave chase while shooting at him.
They allegedly caught up with him at the door of a restaurant on Plaza de Ortiz, where witnesses say they beat him up and bashed him over the head with the butt of a gun.
It was then that a BMW X5 vehicle pulled up before the man was bundled inside.
The reports come after a witness told the Olive Press he saw the same car speeding past them after hearing gunshots.
The British expat told the Olive Press: “We were driving away from Estepona towards Cancelada.
“As we passed the beach we heard shooting.
“We were then overtaken by a grey BMW X5 at speed heading in the same direction as us!”
The shooting caused mass panic and a stampede in the seaside town.
Expats and locals locked themselves inside bars and restaurants fearing it might have been a terrorist attack.
But according to sources, everything thus far indicates that it was a kidnapping and part of a settling of scores.
Policia Nacional are still investigating and nothing has been ruled out or confirmed.