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Shootings injure 2 people in Roanoke

Shootings injure 2 people in Roanoke

Patterson Ave Shooting 072320

The shooting was reported about 12:45 p.m. Thursday in the the 1800 block of Patterson Avenue.

Two shootings left two people wounded, one critically, on Thursday in Roanoke, according to the Roanoke Police Department.

The first report came in about 1:15 a.m. when a teenage boy arrived at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds that appeared critical, officials said. The police haven’t yet been able to determine where that shooting happened but their investigation is ongoing.

No immediate arrests were made in the incident.

A second shooting was reported about 12:45 p.m. in the 1800 block of Patterson Avenue. A woman was injured and taken to the hospital with a wound that did not look life-threatening, officials said.

There was no indication Thursday that the two cases were related.

On Patterson Avenue, officers creating a perimeter around the scene reported noticing someone attempting to leave the area, according to a police spokeswoman.

A brief foot chase ensued. The person, 19-year-old Demond Arrington of Roanoke, was detained and later charged with malicious wounding in the case.

Roanoke and other communities nationwide are experiencing a spike in gun violence this year.

Thursday’s events mean the Star City has had 31 shootings with injuries so far this year and four fatal shootings. In 2019, a total of 26 shootings with injuries and 11 fatal shootings were reported.

Theories vary as to what might be driving the national rise in gun violence. In Roanoke, a task force formed last year is working on a series of strategies to reduce violence, approaching the issue on multiple fronts using a public health model dealing with both gun violence and its root causes.

Anyone with information about a police investigation is asked to contact authorities by calling (540) 344-8500 or texting 274637. Texts should begin with “RoanokePD” to ensure delivery. Tips can remain anonymous.

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In a year already consumed by a fast-moving pandemic and an urgent reckoning on racial justice, cities nationwide — including Roanoke — are also grappling with another crisis: a surge in gun violence that experts say can’t be neatly ascribed to one simple explanation.

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