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19-year-old arrested after two men reportedly hurt in Salem shooting

No one suffered life-threatening injuries

Zachary Jennings mugshot overlaid over the scene of a shooting on Cliff View Drive in Salem on Dec. 26, 2019
Zachary Jennings mugshot overlaid over the scene of a shooting on Cliff View Drive in Salem on Dec. 26, 2019 (WSLS)

SALEM, Va.UPDATE

A 19-year-old man has been arrested after authorities received a report of gunshots in a Salem neighborhood last week.

Authorities say they received a report of shots fired around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 26 from the 1000 block of Cliff View Drive.

When officers arrived, they found that two men from a home had taken themselves to local hospitals. One went to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and the other went to LewisGale Medical Center. Both were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

After further investigation, authorities charged Zachary Jennings, 19, with shooting in an occupied dwelling, reckless handling of a firearm, malicious wounding and brandishing.

Jennings is being held at the Roanoke County-Salem Jail without bond. Authorities say this incident is still under investigation.


ORIGINAL STORY

There was a heavy police presence in a Salem neighborhood on Thursday morning.

Around 4:30 a.m., officers responded to the 1000 block of Cliff View Drive after a report of gunshots in the area.

Officers learned that two men took themselves to area hospitals -- one went to LewisGale Medical Center and the other went to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Both men were treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers appeared to be canvassing the neighborhood and speaking to residents on Thursday morning. They also appeared to be searching front yards, bushes and trash cans.

A house was roped off with crime scene tape.

One neighbor, who declined to be interviewed, said his wife saw people running from the house.

Another neighbor, Joshua Rathe, said he didn’t know about the shooting until reporters came and knocked on his door.

“It was kind of a weird way to wake up today, just knowing that something happened and I didn’t know anything had happened yet," Rathe said. "I have seen police cars over there before. I don’t know what happened or anything like that.”

There were no other injuries, according to Salem city officials.

Police haven’t made any arrests and the incident is still under investigation.


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