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Roanoke officers say five people were sent to hospital in one of the shootings, which occurred near a 7-Eleven.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Roanoke police are investigating two Sunday morning reports of gunshots in northwest Roanoke.
Five people were sent to the hospital early Sunday following an eruption of gunshots at a northwest Roanoke convenience store, police said.
Roanoke police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said officers patrolling near the 3600 block of Williamson Road Northwest heard the shots at 2:36 a.m. When they investigated, they found a crowd of people leaving the parking lot of a 7-Eleven there, Johnson said.
The police said they have determined the shots stemmed from a fight, but did not elaborate on what the fight was about. Johnson said five people were taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital to be treated for either gunshot or graze wounds.
Attempts to reach the manager of the store were unsuccessful Sunday night.
No arrests have been made, and police listed the investigation as ongoing. Officers are still collecting information to establish suspect descriptions.
In a separate incident early Sunday morning, also in northwest Roanoke, two grocery store employees called police to complain someone shot in their direction.
Johnson said officers at 3:18 a.m. were called to the 1000 block of Lafayette Boulevard where they met two people who work at Lafayette Grocery Mart.
Johnson said the employees told officers that two men had entered the store and asked to make a purchase after the shop had already closed. When they were declined, the men left the store. The employees said they then heard gunshots and that a bullet grazed one of them.
Police did not describe the merchandise the men had wanted to buy.
During their investigation, officers found bullet holes in a vehicle in the parking lot and the store.
No arrests have been made, and the police are still working to determine what happened outside the store directly before the shooting, Johnson said.
Anyone with information in either incident is asked to call the Roanoke Police Department at 853-5959. Police have not indicated the two incidents are connected.
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