A British estate manager was killed and his photographer friend was injured after masked gunmen opened fire at a bar in St Lucia where both men lived.
Donnie McKinnon was killed in the alleged attack in Soufriere yesterday afternoon. Peter Jackson, a 72-year-old photographer from Accrington, was hurt.
According to a local source, the victims were on the balcony of Steve’s Bar on Market Road when the masked gunmen approached and fired shots.
Scottish Mr McKinnon was the manager of the Soufriere Estate on the island, a 2,000 acre former working plantation.
Mr Jackson, who has lived on the Caribbean island for over 30 years, was injured in the alleged attack and was taken to St. Jude Hospital.
He is a well-known community activist who served as the former director of the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation.
Both men are citizens of the island, with one person telling St Lucia Times: ‘Everyone knew them. They were community people. This is sad.’
St Lucia, which has a population of less than 200,000, has recorded 67 homicides this year.
‘We are urgently seeking more information from the government in St Lucia about an incident that occurred yesterday,’ said a Foreign Office spokesman.
A spokesman from the local council said: ‘The authorities are investigating a shooting incident which took place in Soufriere on Saturday afternoon which left one man dead and another nursing injuries at the hospital.’
A police spokesman said: ‘We are looking into this shooting which we were called to during the course of today.
‘We are speaking to people who were been present and may have seen something.
‘We will leave no stone unturned as we investigate this fully. We will be releasing a statement shortly.’
Mr McKinnon was the general manager at Marcliffe Hotel and Spa in Aberdeen between 2007 and 2009.