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Spanish gambling venues turn into crime scenes after armed attacks

Posted: September 20, 2022, 8:31 a.m.

Last update: September 20, 2022, 8:47 a.m.

Monday started badly for some gambling establishments in Spain. The clock had just marked the start of a new day when they were already dealing with criminal activity that left one person dead.

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A Spanish National Police van arrives at a Madrid courthouse as officers stand guard. Police are busy investigating two separate incidents involving gambling properties, one of which resulted in the death of an employee. (Image: Voice of America)

Two serious incidents occurred in the early hours of Monday morning in different parts of the country. One involved an attempted theft of a gambling property, while the second involved a gambler who had just won a small fortune.

The two incidents are completely independent. One happened in the northern community of Tarragona, while the second happened hundreds of miles south in the city of Granada.

The spinning wheels turn into an assault

In Granada, the police are now on the trail of armed robbers following an attack around 2 a.m. on Monday.

A gambler won €7,000 ($6,975) playing roulette, and as he started to walk away, his world was turned upside down. As he walked out of the unidentified casino, two criminals who had been watching the action at the roulette table sprang into action. They jumped on the man, stealing the money, his mobile phone and other personal belongings.

The unidentified victim initially fought back, however, one of the assailants had a pistol which he used to beat his victim. As a result, the man suffered serious injuries which required treatment at a local hospital.

Although the thieves were able to escape, they might not have gotten too far. Investigators say surveillance footage from inside the casino captured their footage, which is currently being reviewed to determine the identities of the crooks.

Bingo night turns deadly

Also on Monday, an attempted robbery of a bingo hall in the city of Tortosa in Tarragona left one employee dead and another injured. The events occurred shortly after midnight when a group of two or three men burst into the premises. They started shooting, hitting first a customer and then, as they fled, the employee, according to Spanish media. ABC.

The employee, who suffered serious injuries, and the other person were transferred to a hospital in the municipality. There, the employee, who would have received at least one bullet in the head, died a few hours later. The other victim, for his part, suffered serious back injuries, although he is currently recovering.

The identity of the alleged attackers is unknown. They robbed the bingo hall, which usually closes at 1 a.m., shortly before operations end for the day.

As in the other case, the security images will be important to unmask the perpetrators. Police have footage of the property and surrounding area who are now looking for clues.

Police have not released the names of the victims, in part because they are still actively investigating. The release of the names could endanger the survivor and the families of both individuals.

The initial theory is that it was a failed theft. However, the speed of the attack without attempting to take money is confusing. Therefore, the police are unwilling to release details other than what the media already knows.