Two men hospitalized, ‘large caliber’ firearm possibly used in downtown Roanoke shooting

Police confirmed that gunfire lasted for several minutes

Shooting happened at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday

ROANOKE, Va. – Two men were shot in downtown Roanoke early Sunday morning, according to police.

The shooting happened at about 1:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Campbell Avenue SE.

After hearing several gunshots, police said they found a man with what appeared to be serious gunshot wounds. He was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital by medics.

Another man arrived at the hospital via personal transport and it was determined his injuries were from the same incident.

Police said that a “large-caliber rifle” was possibly used and confirmed that several shots were fired; however, they could not provide specifics as the investigation is ongoing.

Some witnesses say the gunfire lasted several minutes, which police confirmed.

Police also said that there is a lot of property damage to cars and storefronts in the area.

The Humble Hustle was hosting a fundraiser a few blocks away. We spoke to Humble Hustle Founder Xavier Duckett who said the event wasn’t connected to the shooting.

On Sunday, The Humble Hustle posted a statement on Facebook:

Please Share❤️ In light of last nights happenings, as reported by local news outlets, the unfortunate events that transpired were in no relation to The Humble Hustle Company’s fundraiser.

The Humble Hustle Company was bred out of pure love for our community. We have provided education, exposure and empowerment for thousands of kids in Roanoke to date. In everything we do, we aim to provide Roanoke and its citizens with an unforgettable experience. Our organization has been orchestrating events and community initiatives for the community since 2017 with zero infractions. We consistently provide a safe and inclusive space for all walks of life.

We are heartbroken that while we were celebrating and actively raising money for children in our community in an innovative and creative way, an unrelated shooting took place.

The shooting was in no shape or form related to the fundraiser or the Humble Hustle Company. Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted at this time. As an organization, we have shown and proven who we are and what we stand for.

We will continue to KEEP GIVING, spread love and pour into Roanoke.

Despite what happened downtown, we had an amazing event that will continue to fund our Humble Hikes Program and Our Pretty Humble Program!

We Love and Thank you!

The Humble Hustle Company, Inc.

Campbell Avenue at Market Square to Williamson Road was closed for an extended time Sunday morning as officers investigated the shooting.

No suspect information was provided.

Below is what aired during 10 News at 6 on Sunday, June 20, regarding this story.

Two men are in the hospital after a shooting in downtown Roanoke early this morning.

About the Author:

McKinley Strother joined the WSLS 10 News team in June 2020. He anchors 10 News at 6 and 11 on Saturdays and Sundays and you'll also catch him reporting during the week.