Published January 13, 2015
A British doctor was killed and her newlywed husband critically wounded in an apparent robbery at a beach hotel in Antigua, officials in the Caribbean island said Monday.
At least one gunman entered their cottage at Coco's Hotel before dawn Sunday and shot Catherine Bowen and Benjamin Mullany, Police Commissioner Gary Nelson said.
Authorities have questioned several people but have not made any arrests, Nelson said.
A special task force that includes police and members of the military set up checkpoints in the area of the attack and searched cars and people's backpacks for any leads, he said.
Mullany was in critical condition at Holberton General Hospital in the Antiguan capital of St. John's, with a gunshot wound.
The couple, both 31, came to Antigua for a two-week honeymoon following their July 12 marriage, police said.
Mullany was a doctor from the Pontardawe area of south Wales, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.
Harold Lovell, tourism minister of the two-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, met with guests at the hotel, in the island's southwest, and said security would be increased in the area. The government offered to relocate any guests who wanted to leave.
"We were able to get the guests together in the dining room and to reassure them that this is an isolated incident and that Antigua remains a safe destination," Lovell said.
Bowen was the 10th person slain so far this year in Antigua.