A 60-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder after a shooting death on Little Tancook Island.

Terry Roy Levy's next appearance in Bridgewater Provincial Court is July 29.

He was arrested late Tuesday morning after a 47-year-old man was found dead in a field on the island.

RCMP Sgt. Alain LeBlanc said both men live on Little Tancook Island. 

Resident Carol Green says it was a shock to learn of the death of her nephew Terry Green. She says Green was engaged to Levy's daughter.

Green says she was at home at the time of the shooting, but didn't hear any shots fired. She says her daughter called crying to tell her what had happened.

She then called 911 and was told to lock her doors.

“It’s a tragedy, a real tragedy. Because we live on this little island, and it’s a beautiful little island, and it’s quiet and your neighbour is your neighbour, and everybody knows everything else about everybody,” she told CBC's Maritime Noon.

Green says about 20 people live on the small island year-round.

“I don’t even feel safe in my own home. ... We never, ever locked our doors, never,” she said.   

Helen Norve lives in Bridgewater, but her father was at his cottage on the island during the shooting. 

"They were asked to stay in their homes, that there had been a shooting and that there was a body at the property next door," she said.

"Everyone right now is still very tense it was a scary situation, you know where there's not many people on the island to have something like this happen is very out of the ordinary. So everyone is, I think, pretty spooked."