Man charged with robbery in connection to deadly Southwest Roanoke shooting

Jae’vian M. Allen, 18 of Roanoke County (Roanoke Police Department) (WSLS)


The Roanoke Police Department has released more details into a Southwest Roanoke shooting that sent two people to the hospital on Wednesday, April 24.

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We’re told the man who was critically injured during the shooting has died from his injuries. He was identified as 19-year-old Javonte Smith of Roanoke.

Police have arrested 18-year-old Jae’vian M. Allen of Roanoke County, and charged him with robbery.

According to RPD, preliminary investigation indicates that the shooting stemmed from the illegal purchase of a gun. Allen, now identified as the male with non-life-threatening injuries, and Smith were meeting with two teenage boys to sell a gun, when Allen and Smith attempted to rob the two teens.

We’re told one of the teens pulled out a gun and shot at Allen and Smith, resulting in their injuries. The teens then fled the scene in a vehicle, but were later located at a residence in Roanoke County.

A warrant for Allen was obtained in the early morning of April 25. RPD said he was taken into custody on April 29 in Roanoke County without incident.

The investigation is ongoing.


Two people were shot in Southwest Roanoke Wednesday evening, according to the Roanoke Police Department.

Police said at around 7 p.m., officers were notified of a report of shots fired in the 3800 block of Stratford Park Drive SW.

We’re told responding officers found two men, one with what appeared to be a serious gunshot wound, and one with what appeared to be a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Roanoke Fire-EMS transported both men to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment.

According to RPD, details about what led up to the shooting are limited at this time. No suspects have been located and no arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.

Officers at the scene told 10 News that those involved in the incident are believed to be known to each other.

Police do not believe there is a threat to the public, but everyone should stay vigilant.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call (540) 344-8500 and 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.

Stay with 10 News as this story develops

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