Police in St. Kitts and Nevis are confirming a fatal shooting that occurred in George Street, Newtown on Wednesday evening.

Police said they responded to a report of a shooting incident in Newtown sometime after 6 p.m. Upon arrival, they met the motionless body of 24-year-old Leon Phillip of La Guerite laying on the ground with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the chest. The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated.

The District Medical Officer visited the scene and pronounced him dead. Personnel from the Forensic Services Unit processed the scene and collected items of evidential value.