• Spain's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Fart sparks shoot out between rival Spanish gypsy clans
Police are patroling the streets to prevent a revenge attack. Photo: Policia Nacional

Fart sparks shoot out between rival Spanish gypsy clans

Fiona Govan · 23 Feb 2016, 16:21

Published: 23 Feb 2016 16:21 GMT+01:00

The fracas erupted between gypsy clans in eastern Spain when a member of one family let rip while walking past a young man from the rival family shortly before midnight on Sunday, local newspaper Diario Informacion reported.

The young man returned the insult in the same way; by farting in his direction.

The situation quickly escalated with a wife of one the men joining the fray claiming she was insulted, and then the other man’s wife also getting involved, until guns were pulled and shots fired.

"In that way, what began as a bit of silliness grew more and more violent and ended up with a double shooting," reported the newspaper.

A 57-year-old was shot three times in the stomach and is being treated in the intensive care unit at Valencia Hospital where his condition is described as "serious".

His 29-year-old son received a bullet to the leg but is expected to make a full recovery.

Two other men were taken to hospital, but have since been discharged and four people have been arrested.

Around 50 police officers have been sent to patrol the neighbourhood of Xenillet in Torrent to keep the peace amid fears of revenge attacks. Other teams have been posted outside the hospital.

Story continues below…

The neighbourhood is home to a large number of gitano families and the two clans involved in the scrap have been sworn enemies for decades, local media reported.

Note: The Local has chosen to use the term gypsy (a translation of the Spanish word 'gitano') because the word itself doesn't have negative connotations for people within that community in Spain.

For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Fiona Govan (fiona.govan@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Spain's top ten beaches 2016
Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Europe's best beach. Photo:Photo: Ismail Mia/Flickr

Spain has five beaches in Europe's top ten. The Local gives you a tour.

Brexit
Spanish 'Laughing Man' is back in hilarious Brexit spoof
Screen grab: Armando Ferreira/YouTube.

Spain's Giggler is back and this time he's laughing about Brexit.

Brexit
Why Spain plays a crucial role in whether UK stays together
Photo: AFP

William McDougall, Lecturer in Politics at Glasgow Caledonian University explains why the UK's future may well depend on Spain.

Stalker held in Spain for death threats to Stephen Hawking

Police arrested a 41-year-old American woman who had threatened to kill the scientist as he attended a conference in Tenerife this week.

Spanish exodus at highest level since crisis began
Photo: tomy pelluz/Flickr

Record numbers of Spaniards left the country in 2015 and their favourite destination was the UK.

Brothers arrested in Spain for promoting Islamic State
The men used social media to promote Isis. Photo: AFP

Three brothers have been arrested in Catalonia on suspicion of promoting terrorism.

Del Bosque quits as Spain coach after poor Euro 2016
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque announced he is quitting. Photo: AFP

Vicente del Bosque said on Thursday that he has resigned as coach of Spain, just days after the reigning champions crashed out of Euro 2016.

Spain's Rajoy starts talks to form government after vote
Photo: AFP

Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy began talks on Thursday with other political parties to try to form a government.

First Lady 'proud' US might just elect a female president
Michelle Obama speaking in Madrid on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Michelle Obama said she was "proud" that a woman might be elected president of the United States this year, during a speech in Madrid.

What's on in Spain: July 2016
Red bandanas - a symbol of the San Fermin Festival. Photo: Oakland Native/Flickr.

From Pamplona's thrilling bull runs to Europe's biggest gay pride festival, there's no shortage of exciting events across Spain this summer.

Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Features
Seven burning questions for British expats about Brexit
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
Technology
Six free apps to simplify your summer in Spain
Six important things we learnt from Spain's repeat elections
Politics
Rajoy claims right to form government after poll win
Sponsored Article
Education abroad: How to find an international school
International
Brexit limbo: What happens next for expat Brits in Spain?
Politics
Spanish elections: What are the possible outcomes?
International
Worried after Brexit? Here’s how to become Spanish
Politics
Why Spain is heading for a Groundhog day election
International
Brit expats in Spain stunned and fearful after Brexit win
Travel
The intern's guide to surviving a summer in Spain
National
The weird and wonderful ways Spain celebrates midsummer
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
National
Get your kit off! Spain's ten best nudist beaches
International
Spain REALLY wants Britain to stay in EU and here's why
National
Don't jump! Officials in Spain warn against 'balconing' craze
National
Girl's best friend: Four-year-old finds comfort with a bull
Politics
Hilarious video pokes fun at expats in Spain over Brexit
National
Top ten tricks to survive the Spanish summer
National
Spain knocked off top spot for world's best restaurant
International
Meet the Spaniard working as North Korea's secret weapon
National
Sheep invade Spanish city after shepherd takes a snooze
Features
Five brilliant ways to beat the crowds in Barcelona
National
Experts warn of jellyfish boom across Spain's beaches
Politics
Are these the weirdest political campaign ads ever?
3,214
jobs available