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Roanoke man charged with murder after shooting at convenience store Wednesday night
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Roanoke man charged with murder after shooting at convenience store Wednesday night

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A 20-year-old Roanoke man is accused of murder in a Wednesday night shooting that left another man dead in a city convenience store, according to the Roanoke Police Department.

The gunfire happened about 9 p.m. at the A&A Cash Market at the corner of Moorman Avenue and Seventh Street Northwest. Store owner Ayeda Sati said the man killed was an employee.

“We are just so upset and so sad,” she said Thursday. “We are grieving for his family. It’s hard for them. It’s hard for us. We need prayers.”

Sati, whose family has owned the neighborhood store since 2018, said investigators had shared little information and the motive for the shooting remained unknown to her family.

A police spokeswoman said no information about a possible motive could be released Thursday. The investigation is ongoing.

The man accused in the slaying, Jamerius Crennell, was apprehended shortly after the gunfire, authorities said. A patrol officer who had been passing by the store parked across the street after noticing someone going into the shop.

Officials said they couldn’t disclose Thursday what prompted the officer to stop. But, seconds later, they said the officer heard gunshots inside the store and saw someone flee outside on foot.

The person was caught, and the police reported finding a gun as well as an undisclosed amount of money on him.

The victim of the shooting died at the scene. His identity will be released once his family has been notified.

Crennell, who is listed as being held in jail without bond, has been charged with second-degree murder. He has a court appearance scheduled for Nov. 3, according to an online docket.

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