Roanoke police investigating two overnight shootings

The shootings happened on Melrose Avenue and Hershberger Road, authorities said

Roanoke City Police Department (WSLS)

The Roanoke Police Department is investigating two overnight shootings Saturday, one of which left a man dead.

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The first shooting occurred at around 1:05 a.m. at 1700 Melrose Avenue, police said. We’re told officers patrolling in the area near 10th Street and Shenandoah Avenue NW heard gunshots coming from an area north of their position.

Police headed in that direction and while en route, they were notified of a report of a person with a gunshot wound near 15th Street and Orange Avenue NW.

Police said upon arrival, a man was found lying in the roadway with what appeared to be a critical gunshot wound. We’re told officers rendered aid until he was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

RPD said this shooting is believed to be the result of a dispute at a gathering at a nearby community center.

The second shooting occurred around 2:15 a.m. at 1400 Hershberger Road NW, police said.

According to authorities, police responded to a call for shots fired at Cookout. Responding officers were advised by witnesses that someone had been struck by gunfire, but officers did not locate any victims on the scene.

We’re told police were soon notified that two males, one adult and one juvenile, with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds arrived at Roanoke Memorial Hospital via personal vehicle.

Authorities said officers located evidence of a shooting on scene, but no suspects were located.

The Roanoke Police Department said both shooting incidents are ongoing investigations, and no arrests have been made at this time.

We’re told there is no threat to the public.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call (540)344-8500 to share what you know. You can also text 274637; please begin the text with “RoanokePD” to ensure it’s properly sent. Both calls and texts can remain anonymous.


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