A GUN battle between two rival gangs has left a 74-year-old innocent bystander dead in on the Costa del Sol.

A total of six people have been arrested by the Policia Nacional following a tense night in Malaga’s La Palma-Palmilla area.

A heavy police presence has been in the area since the victim was hit by a stray bullet in the shooting at 10pm on February 5.

The unnamed man is said to have been shot in the chest with a high-calibre bullet as he leant out of a balcony window to see what was going on when the two gangs clashed.

The victim is reportedly the father of a Guardia Civil agent and a Local Policeman.

Police carried out several raids on homes in the city through the night, reportedly finding ammunition suitable for Ak-47 assault rifles.

The National Police Homicide Group has taken over the investigation of the case.

There have been several cases of ‘clans’ clashing on the streets of Malaga with gunshots being reported in the past few months.

It comes after another gun battle nearly claimed the life of a pensioner in the Palma-Palmilla area last year.

The 79-year-old widow in that incident cheated death when her thick curtain stopped a stray bullet from the firefight, which involved a machine gun.

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