The police are investigating the death of a 17-year-old who was killed in the community of Silver Lake on Wednesday at around 8:00 pm.
One man is in custody in relation to the matter.
The dead teen has been identified as Freddy Claude Vandal, who was born in Guadeloupe but is Dominican by descent.
Police PRO, Acting Inspector Pellam Jno Baptiste said the police responded to reports of gunshots being fired in the community and upon arrival the lifeless body of Vandal was found near the river in the area.
He said there were several marks of violence on his body including a suspected gunshot wound.
Vandal was officially pronounced dead at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
Photos circulating on social media show what appear to be several severe chop wounds to the side of Vandal’s head.
Earlier unconfirmed reports said the victim had stolen a bike and was returning it when he was attacked.
A coroner’s inquest will be convened in the matter.
Anyone with information which can assist the police in their investigations can contact the Criminal Investigations Department at telephone numbers 266-5164, 266-5165 and 266-5119 or Crime Stoppers Dominica at telephone number 1-800-8477.