A former Olympian was shot in his foot by a ricocheting bullet as Spanish police gunned down five suspected terrorists during the attack in Cambrils on Thursday (August 17).
Winston Gordon, a British judoka who competed at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012, was at a bar when he was caught up in the incident, which came hours after a van drove into a crowd of people on Las Ramblas in the centre of Barcelona, killing 13.
During the shootout with police, a piece of shrapnel flew into Gordon’s left foot, causing a small gash to open up.
In an interview with MailOnline, Gordon, who won a gold medal in the men’s 90 kilogram category at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games for England, described how the incident happened right in front of him, including the shooting of a suspect.
“The police came along very quickly,” he said.
“We were only a few yards away.
“The cops pulled up in front of him [the suspect] and told him to stand still, but was still moving and they fired some shots.
“He went down, but then he got up and moved back round the police car.
“The police told him “stop, stop” and they fired again.
“At the time the second shots were fired, something ricocheted and hit my leg.
“It was just like I had been slashed.
“I think the bullet or a bit of it had come off the pavement or the road because I was not in the line of fire when the cops shot him.”
The death toll currently stands at 14 from the two incidents while around 100 others have been left injured as a result of the attacks.
Police in Spain have said they are searching for Younes Abouyaaqoub, believed to be the driver of the van in Barcelona.
Another man, Moussa Oukabir, had initially been thought to be the driver, but police officials have now confirmed he was one of the five men shot dead in Cambrils, a seaside town about 68 miles south-west of Barcelona.