The family of a British woman shot dead in Turkey have said that they "cannot comprehend the mentality" of her killer.

Catherine Anne Bury, who was known as Anne, died when she was gunned down on Monday, and her son Alex and mother Cecilia, who is in her 80s, were injured.

Her family released a statement that said: "We would like to thank everyone for their warm wishes and condolences at this very sad time.

"Although our family are still deeply shocked and grieving for Anne, we are pleased to say that both Anne's mother and son are recovering from their injuries and have both been given wonderful care, treatment and support by hospital and consulate staff and many other local people.

"It appears that the person that Anne employed as a general gardener/handyman, to look after her holiday villas, has committed this terrible crime. We cannot comprehend the mentality of somebody who would do this to three lovely people who would never harm anybody.

"We would like once again to thank everyone for their kindness and offers of help - they are a great source of strength to us. We are sure that you will understand that we would now like peace and privacy at this time so that we can get on with everything we need to do."

Alex Bury has described how he pleaded with the gunman to stop the attack, trying to reason with him before he opened fire on Ms Bury, 56, who lived in the North Yorkshire village of Swainby.

Speaking from his bed in Mugla University Hospital, Mr Bury, 24, told the Times he recognised the gunman as Veli Acar, their gardener, who was said to have been in a relationship with Ms Bury. Acar had apparently threatened the family earlier that weekend but was later released by police and returned, armed, to the Bury villa in the resort of Dalyan at around 5am on Monday.

Mr Bury, who has a leg injury, said: "I tried to reason with him. I told him it didn't have to be this way. He lifted the gun to his shoulder and gestured for me to go through to my mother and grandmother's room. They had heard me talking and had locked themselves in the room."

Acar then gunned down Ms Bury as she cowered in the villa's bathroom, it was reported.