Couple Gunned Down on Caribbean Honeymoon

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 suspects but have no one in custody, Nelson 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.

"This isolated incident has deeply shocked our community and we wish to reassure visitors that Antigua and Barbuda is a safe destination," Lovell said in a statement issued later.

Bowen was the 10th person slain so far this year in Antigua.