By Tara Rippin •
Published: 15 Feb 2019 • 18:00
FOUR masked men shot dead a Spanish businessman and injured his chauffeur as they attempted to steal his car in Venezuela.
According to Spanish press, Sergio Santamaria from Burgos, was travelling on the Lara-Sulia motorway in Simon Bolivar, when the car was intercepted by the gang.
The driver tried to manoeuvre the car away from the car thieves, who then opened fire on the vehicle.
Santamaria, 79, was shot in the hip and leg, and the driver in the head.
Despite being injured, the chauffeur drove to the nearest hospital where the entrepreneur underwent an emergency operation as the bullet had reached his stomach.
But the father of three died two days later on February 10. He emigrated at the age of 16 from his home town of Celadilla Sotobrin and married a Chilean woman.
The driver’s wounds are not believed to be life threatening.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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