My boyfriend was shot dead next to me in the bar in St. Lucia – he was the target, I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time

A British photographer who survived a shooting at a bar in St. Lucia said he felt lucky to be alive after his friend was killed.

Peter Jackson, 72, believes masked gunmen targeted his pal Donnie McKinnon, 51, in the attack on a popular British expat bar on Saturday afternoon.

Peter Jackson, 72, believes the masked gunmen targeted his friend

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Peter Jackson, 72, believes the masked gunmen targeted his friendCredit: Facebook
Donnie McKinnon died after gunmen opened fire on a popular expat bar on the island

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Donnie McKinnon died after gunmen opened fire on a popular expat bar on the islandCredit: Facebook
Cops are investigating the shooting at Steve's Bar in Soufriere

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Cops are investigating the shooting at Steve’s Bar in SoufriereRecognition: .

The two were reportedly on the balcony of Steve’s Bar in Soufriere when the gunmen opened fire in broad daylight.

Mr McKinnon, originally from the Scottish Highlands, died at the scene while Mr Jackson, originally from Lancashire, was taken to hospital.

McKinnon was the manager of the 2,000-acre Soufrière estate — one of the Caribbean island’s most popular tourist attractions.

Jackson told the Times: “I was lucky. My friend, not like that. My boyfriend was the target, not me. Wrong place they say.”

The Briton said he was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound.

“The bullet went straight through my shoulder and I’m glad I got away with a broken upper arm,” he said.

“We’re a small community, but our medical services are doing an excellent job with limited resources.”

McKinnon moved to St Lucia in 2009 after quitting his job as General Manager at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa in Aberdeen.

The hotel said it was “devastated” by his death – and said he was “sorryly missed”.

It said: “All of us at the Marcliffe are devastated to hear of the death of Donnie McKinnon in such horrific and violent circumstances.

“We will remember him as the lovely, humble 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.”

It comes amid claims McKinnon was gunned down in a “personal vendetta”.

A local source was quoted as saying: “It didn’t look like a random attack.”

The incident is said to have sent shockwaves through the community of Soufrière, where residents said both men were known.

“Everyone knew her. They were people from the community. That’s sad,” one person told the St. Lucia Times.

Freelance photographer Mr. Jackson, former director of the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation, owns a vacation home on the island.

A spokesman for Royal St Lucia Police said: “We are investigating this shooting.

“We’re talking to people who were there and might have seen something.

“We will leave no stone unturned while we fully investigate this.”

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

McKinnon lived near another British expat who was killed in August.

Diana Theodore, 72, was found tied up in a pool of blood under her bed with a severe head wound.

The mother of one child moved to the Caribbean island more than 30 years ago.

St. Lucia, which has fewer than 200,000 residents, has recorded 67 murders this year. Last year there was a record 74.

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