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18-year-old charged in Halloween weekend shooting in Roanoke

18-year-old charged in Halloween weekend shooting in Roanoke


An 18-year-old Roanoke man has been charged in a Halloween weekend shooting that left one injured.

Adul-Aziz Valadez Yasin, who was arrested Tuesday, is accused of malicious wounding and larceny of a firearm from a person in an altercation that unfolded Saturday night on Eighth Street Northwest, according to Roanoke police.

The gunfire, one of two shootings that happened that day and three that weekend, was reported about 8 p.m.

Officers who responded found no one on site. The victim, a man with injuries that didn’t appear life-threatening, was located shortly afterward at a downtown intersection.

He was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The police announced Yasin’s arrest in the case Friday. No other details were released, and officials said the investigation remains ongoing. No other suspects are being sought, said a police spokeswoman

Yasin, who was taken into custody without incident, was listed as being held in jail without bond. He’s been scheduled for an initial court appearance Dec. 15.

This was the second of three shootings that happened over the holiday weekend.

On Saturday, not long after midnight, a man was shot but survived outside a home on Loudon Avenue Northwest. A 38-year-old man, Tahir Bem Dixon of Roanoke, was arrested and charged in that case.

Dixon and the victim knew one another, police said, and an argument appeared to have preceded the shooting.

On Monday, just around midnight, authorities said a man was shot on Peters Creek Road Northwest and got to the hospital in a personal vehicle.

First responders arrived at the scene to find a large group of people leaving the area. None would speak with officers.

The investigation into that shooting is ongoing. Anyone with information about a case is urged to contact police by calling (540) 344-8500 or texting 274637.

Texts should begin with “RoanokePD” to ensure delivery. Tips can remain anonymous. Rewards can be offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in a gun violence case.

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