Police investigating the shooting death of an Englishman in Jamaica on Monday say he was killed on a betel nut.

Sean Patterson, 33, a personal trainer from West London, was on his way to a short stay on a Caribbean island when a gunman followed him and shot him multiple times.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Fitz Bailey said: ‘Our investigation to date has theorized that the murder was a contract killing that originated from the UK. There is no evidence that Patterson was robbed or has any ties to Jamaica.

The commissioner further stated that the Londoner was well known to British police: ‘From reliable information obtained Sean Patterson was well known to UK authorities and has an extensive criminal record for a number of criminal offences, including drug dealing. Contains violence and firearms.’

Leslie Wright said her youngest son, Shawn Patterson, 33, had only been in the country for two days when he was murdered.

The personal trainer in Jamaica was standing by the pool of the guesthouse where he was staying when witnesses heard a 'loud explosion'

The personal trainer in Jamaica was standing by the pool of the guesthouse where he was staying when witnesses heard a ‘loud explosion’

Patterson is pictured in Younger Days

Patterson is pictured in Younger Days

Local police say Patterson was shot in the upper body and head around noon on Monday.

The Jamaican Constabulary Force says its Montego Bay officers received reports that the British national was standing by a pool at the villa when witnesses heard a ‘loud explosion’.

According to a report published in Jamaica, Mr Patterson was shot several times after a short chase. He was taken to the hospital but was later declared brought dead.

According to local media, a 34-year-old man from Kingston, Jamaica has now been taken into custody in connection with the incident. Reports from Jamaica claimed the suspect was deported from the UK in 2013 for drug offences.

Meanwhile, Patterson’s grieving mother told TODAY how her son traveled to the Caribbean island for the first time to meet family.

Leslie Wright said that her youngest son, Patterson, had only been in the country for two days when he was murdered.

He lived with his fiancee in Hounslow, west London, and the couple were planning to marry later this year.

Local police say Patterson (pictured) was found at around midday on Monday with gunshot wounds to his upper body and head

Local police say Patterson (pictured) was found at around midday on Monday with gunshot wounds to his upper body and head

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Sean’s mum said: ‘He was having the time of his life. he was never [to Jamaica] First but sent me a picture of himself sunbathing and a video of himself jumping off a cliff into the sea (pictured)’

Speaking to MailOnline at her home in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, Mrs Wright, 63, said: ‘I have lost my baby. No mother should have to bury her child.

‘He went to Jamaica with my godson and one of my best friends and was only there two days.

‘He was having the time of his life. He’d never been there before, but he sent me a picture of himself in the sun and a video of him jumping off a cliff into the ocean.

‘Sean has family in Jamaica through his father. They are quite affluent there and he expected to meet him. She never had a chance.’

Mrs Wright added: ‘Local police have told me Sean was at a big party over New Years and was sitting by the pool talking to friends.

‘Somebody pulled his arm and he shoved the man but soon after about four shots were fired and Sean was hit in the upper body.

Mr Patterson was taken to hospital in west London but could not be saved.  This picture shows a view of the guesthouse where he was shot

Mr Patterson was taken to hospital in west London but could not be saved. This picture shows a view of the guesthouse where he was shot

‘I don’t know any other details, but he didn’t pick fights with anybody, he just wasn’t going to argue.

‘I’m absolutely broken, I’ll never be the same again.

‘He has four sisters and three brothers and was the youngest. He was born premature and for a while it was touch and know whether he would survive.

‘But he grew up to be the sweetest, sweetest boy and the kindest, happiest man.

‘He worked as a personal trainer and lived with his girlfriend for about 13 or 14 years. They got engaged about five years ago and were expected to tie the knot later this year.

‘They lived in Hounslow and had a dog. His fiancee is in pieces, devastated. As is the whole family.

Speaking to local media, Shawn Patterson's father said his son was killed outside a guest house in St. James a few days after arriving in the Caribbean.

Speaking to local media, Shawn Patterson’s father said his son was killed outside a guest house in St. James a few days after arriving in the Caribbean.

‘People say Jamaica is paradise but there is so much violence, so many guns and so much poverty.

‘We hope justice is done and my son’s killer is taken off the street where they can’t hurt anyone else and destroy another family.

‘Sean was a diamond that shone bright and when it shone, it lit up everyone’s life.’

Speaking to local media, Patterson’s father, Alan, said his son was starting to ‘live his life and find himself’ in Jamaica.

‘I’m trying to process it. I’m a Jamaican, I’ve been to Jamaica, the whole family has been to Jamaica,’ Allen Patterson said.

‘We want justice, we want justice, he deserves justice because he was someone.’

A family source told MailOnline that a man held on suspicion of Sean’s murder previously lived in London but was deported back to Jamaica.

The source said: ‘Sean was friends with the man when he lived in the UK and when he was sent back to Jamaica he sent him money, trainers and clothes.

‘What he has to do with this we don’t know yet but he is in custody in Jamaica and is obviously involved in some way.’

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) spokesperson confirmed that they are currently ‘supporting the family of a British man who died in Jamaica and are in contact with local authorities’.

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