We’re learning more details about a shooting on the Roanoke Greenway on Friday night.
The incident happened around 9 p.m. Friday near the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road.
The victim is a 62-year-old man from Roanoke County. He told police that he was walking on the Greenway when someone kept looking back at him in a "paranoid state," according to investigators.
The suspect then fired multiple shots at the victim. The victim was hit once. He is expected to be OK. The gunman was about 50 yards away from the victim at the time of the shooting.
It appears that the victim and gunman did not know each other, according to the Roanoke Police Department. It's not clear why the suspect began shooting.
Here is the news release from the Roanoke Police Department:
On April 18, 2014 at 8:50 p.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 1900 block of Franklin Road SW, the Ramada Inn, to investigate a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located a victim, a 62-year-old white male from Roanoke. The victim suffered what appeared to be a non-life threatening gunshot wound and was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial
Hospital for treatment. Officers attempted to locate a suspect but were unsuccessful. The victim told detectives he was walking along the greenway and noticed someone approximately 50 yards in front of him keep looking back in a paranoid state. On the greenway, in the area of the Ramada Inn, the victim stated the suspect turned and fired multiple shots. The suspect is described as possibly being a male, unknown race, wearing gray sweat pants or blue jeans, and a gray or white hoodie. At this point in the
investigation, there has been no information developed that would indicate the victim knew the suspect, or had previous contact with the suspect.
Investigators are trying to determine a potential motive for the incident and develop further descriptors regarding the suspect. This information will be gathered through the investigation. Further details will be provided when they become available. If you can help investigators with any information, please call Roanoke Valley Crime Line at 540-344-8500.
Original story from Friday, April 19
Roanoke Police continue their search for the man they say opened fire on the Greenway Friday night.
Police say just before nine Friday night a man pulled out a gun on the Greenway, injuring another person. This happened near the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road.
“It's very scary because this feels like such a safe environment,” said Lisa West.
It's an area home to joggers, bicyclers and skaters. Those who frequent the Greenway say they never expected something like this happen.
“When you start hearing about people pulling dumb stuff, it just makes you want to go why?” said Donald Plankey.
It's leaving police asking the same question, along with wanting to know who pulled the trigger. Police say they are looking for a man wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. They also say the victim has non-life threatening injuries.
“We had planned yesterday to walk the upper part of the Greenway today, and we both kind of looked at each other and say do we really want to that now, because it made us a little bit nervous about coming back out,” said Joann Wade.
Police were also out patrolling on the Greenway by way of car and bicycles.