Efforts to end gun violence continue in the Star City

There have been 47 shootings so far this year compared to 40 during the same time frame 2021

ROANOKE, Va. – Roanoke’s Gun Violence Prevention Commission is continuing its efforts to curb gun violence in Star City.

According to the latest data from Roanoke Police, there were seven additional shootings in the city in the last month.

That brings the total number of shootings to 47 so far this year compared to 40 during the same time frame in 2021.

In an effort to reduce gun violence, the Commission first wants to identify where the offenders of the crime live, in relation to the location the crime took place.

Data showed that most of the offenders lived in the city.

“What we’ve seen is that a lot of the causes have been relationship-based or somebody has beef with another person or a drug deal gone bad and some of these are happening nearby,“ said Joe Cobb, Roanoke Gun Violence Prevention Chairman.

The Police Department separated the shootings by zone.

So far, this year, Northwest Roanoke had the most shootings, 23, and Northeast had 13.

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Alyssa Rae grew up in Roanoke and graduated from Virginia Tech. An avid sports fan, she spent her first 8 years in TV as a sports anchor and reporter.