Two men were shot Monday in Roanoke outside of the Rescue Mission Ministries. One of the victims was hit by a stray bullet and was not involved in the argument that led up to the shooting, according to the Roanoke Police Department.
Both victims are being treated at Carilion Roanoke Memorial hospital for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
No arrests have been made but an active search is taking place, according to the Roanoke Police Department.
The shooting happened around 2:55 p.m. Monday afternoon after an argument, which involved one of the victims. According to Roanoke police, a suspect grabbed a gun from a car in front of the Rescue Mission Ministries and began shooting from outside of the car.
The second victim appears to have been an unintended victim in the shooting. Rescue Mission Ministries CEO Joy Sylvester-Johnson said the second victim was hit by a stray bullet while leaving the Rescue Mission. The second victim lived at the Rescue Mission.
The first victim appears to know the suspect but is not providing detectives with details about the shooting, according to Roanoke police.
According to Sylvester-Johnson, the incident began as an argument between two people at the P&N Market. Sylvester-Johnson said the argument escalated and eventually moved up the street closer to the Rescue Mission. The clinic went into a lockdown after the shooting.
The Rescue Mission is in the 400 block of 4th Street in the Southeast part of the city. This is the first shooting to happen within a block of the Rescue Mission in the past 10 years, according to Sylvester-Jonson. The Rescue Mission provides programs for the homeless and hungry.
Anyone with information can about the shooting is asked to call the Roanoke Valley Crime Line at 540-344-8500.