Hitman killed Colombian drug lord in hospital bed
From correspondents in Madrid
January 11, 2009 01:26am
A COLD-blooded professional hitman gave a suspected Colombian drug lord no chance, pumping four shots from a silenced pistol into his victim as he lay in his hospital bed in Spain.
Leonidas Vargas, 60, who was being treated for a lung complaint, was killed late Thursday after the gunman entered his hospital room in the Spanish capital Madrid.
Police believe his killing was a settling of scores by his rivals.
Spanish newspaper El Pais said the gunman entered the Doce de Octubre hospital and asked at the fifth floor reception where Vargas could be found.
He walked 25ms down the corridor to room 537, and asked the suspected drugs trafficker's roommate if he was Vargas.
When the man responded that Vargas was the man in the adjoining bed, the gunman immediately shot the 60-year-old four times from point-blank range before fleeing.
El Pais said the first shot was aimed at the chin, destroying Vargas's respiratory tract and preventing him from crying out, the second and third hit him in the neck, destroying his carotid artery and causing massive bleeding, and the fourth penetrated his heart. http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24897860-23109,00.html