WATCH: Roanoke police, leaders address recent gun violence in the city

ROANOKE, Va. – The Roanoke Police Department addressed recent gun violence in the Star City during a press conference on Monday evening.

Roanoke Police Command Staff, Mayor Sherman Lea, Vice Mayor Joe Cobb, and Roanoke Sheriff Antonio Hash were in attendance.

This comes after the most recent incident in which a teen was shot and called in Northwest Roanoke. It happened on Sunday night, as we reported. Two other shootings happened in Roanoke just over the weekend.

In mid-May, we reported that gun violence among kids is on the rise in Roanoke. Roanoke City Council heard an update earlier this month from its gun violence prevention commission about a strategy moving forward.

As we reported then, the city is focusing on policing, as well as intervention and prevention efforts in the community. Much of that is focused on kids, and providing them with positive ways to spend their time ... keeping them out of trouble.

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