TRIBUTES have been paid to a “lovely” man who died in a shooting at a bar on the Caribbean island of St Lucia which left another British man injured.

Donnie McKinnon and Peter Jackson were at a bar in Market Road, Soufriere, when the incident happened on Saturday afternoon.

McKinnon, a 48-year-old from Scotland, died while Jackson, 72, was taken to hospital.

Police in Saint Lucia are treating the death as homicide and have launched an investigation.

McKinnon previously worked as manager at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa in Aberdeen.

A hotel spokeswoman said: “All of us at the Marcliffe Hotel are devastated to hear of the death of Donnie McKinnon in such terrible and violent circumstances.

“We are all part of the Marcliffe family – staff past and present – and to lose Donnie in such a way has deeply saddened us all.

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“We will remember him as the lovely, unassuming and very popular guy we all knew; he will be sorely missed. We send our love and condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.”

The St Lucia Times reported that both men had lived on the island for some time.

A Royal Saint Lucia Police Force spokesman said: “The matter is under investigation. We are taking statements from individuals and we have officers on the ground right now.”

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who has died and a British man who has been injured in St Lucia.”