Eight days into the new year, Barbados has recorded its first murder for 2019.
Investigations are underway into the shooting death of 24 year old, Shaquille Toppin of Danesbury, St Michael.
Police in a statement responded to reports of a shooting in the St Michael community near Retreat Road, Black Rock at five-minutes-to-ten last night.
On arrival, lawmen were informed the young man was shot and was transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital via public transport.
He was pronounced dead in hospital.
Anyone with information to assist police with their investigations into the island's first murder is asked to contact police emergency at 211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477.