A mother’s worst nightmare became a reality when she heard gunshots outside her home in St James and later discovered her 31-year-old son lying in the yard with multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim has been identified as Nicholas Latchman of Fred Circular, Belle Vue, St James.

According to a police report, Latchman’s mother said that at about 10:25 pm, she was inside her home when she heard several gunshots followed by sound of running footsteps.

She said she checked outside her house and saw her son Nicholas lying on the stomach in the yard suffering from gunshot wounds to the body.

Latchman succumbed to his injuries a short while after at about 11 pm.

The body was removed to the Forensic Science Centre in St James for an autopsy.

A motive is yet to be established for the killing.