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Police investigate shooting death in southeast Roanoke

Police investigate shooting death in southeast Roanoke

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A man was shot and killed just before dawn Tuesday in Southeast Roanoke, according to the Roanoke Police Department.

Officials said the shooting was reported just before 5:30 a.m. near a commercial building in the 700 block of Fourth Street Southeast.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. His name wasn’t immediately released as investigators were working to notify his family.

Some neighbors said the man was a familiar face and might recently have taken to sleeping near the site where the shooting occurred.

He never appeared to be at odds with others, they said.

Cissy Pugh, who lives one block over, said she first learned of the incident when she awoke Monday and saw the police presence from her window. Pugh said her heart hurt for the victim and for his family.

“Nobody deserves that,” she said. “That’s such a sad way to go.”

On Monday afternoon, a memorial tribute marked by sprigs of purple flowers appeared to be forming near the scene of the shooting.

This is the eighth homicide victim reported in the city this year. The police investigation into the case remains ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 540-344-8500 or text 274637. Texts should begin with “RoanokePD” to ensure proper delivery. Tips can remain anonymous.

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Alison Graham covers Roanoke County and Salem news. She’s originally from Indianapolis and a graduate of Indiana University.

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