Two British tourists have been shot dead in Florida, the Foreign Office has confirmed.
The victims, both men, are believed to be victims of a street robbery that went wrong as they holidayed with family and friends in the Gulf coast town of Sarasota.
Police confirmed the victims were aged 24 and 25 and were found in an area not usually frequented by tourists.
The body of one of the victims was found on the pavement surrounded by up to 20 shell casings.
While checking the area police came across the second victim.
Police in Sarasota said neither of the men were in possession of drugs, but would not say whether they had cash or weapons.
Both victims were white,' said Sarasota Police Captain Paul Sutton.
The men were found riddled with bullets in front of public housing in North Sarasota.
Their bodies were discovered at 3.20am. One theory is that they were victims of a botched street robbery.
A local resident called 911 after reporting hearing gunshots and seeing a man covered in blood.
The bodies of both men were found within a short distance of each other.
Forensic teams spent over six hours looking over the area and placed markers for at least 20 shell casings.
A spokesman for the British consulate in Miami said: 'British consular officials can confirm that two British nationals were killed in Sarasota, Florida, on April 16. Next of kin have been notified.Read More
Note: Update According to Sky News a 16 Year old Boy has been arrested and charged with two counts of murder