Halifax Regional Police are investigating a suspicious death in Dartmouth.

Police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Spring Avenue and Mount Edward Road around 5:20 a.m. Tuesday.

When officers arrived, they found the body of a young man on the sidewalk. Police say he had been shot.

The identity of the victim is not known at this time.

Police say the body has since been removed from the scene and an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

The intersection and some surrounding streets have been shut down to traffic as police investigate the incident.

No arrests have been made.

“We have our forensic identification unit here looking for evidence,” said Halifax Regional Police Const. Dianne Woodworth Tuesday morning. “We did have a K9 officer here at one point looking for evidence as well, and we have our investigators combing the area trying to find witnesses or anybody that may have heard or seen anything.”

The Woodland area of Dartmouth isan older neighbourhood, but there are plenty of young people around. Prince Andrew High School is just up the road, and there’s an elementary school one street away from where the body was found.

“I just kind of woke up to this,” said Prince Andrew High School student Gillian Treadwell. “I mean, I wouldn't expect it around this part.”

“I have lived in a little tougher neighbourhood up on Kennedy Road, and you kind of expect the police to be down there quite often, but not down here,” said neighbour John Adams.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

With files from CTV Atlantic’s Bruce Frisko.