One taken to hospital after shooting at Valley View Mall

Valley View Shooting Saturday Night
Published: Dec. 26, 2020 at 6:53 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - One person was taken to a hospital with a non-critical gunshot wound after an incident at Roanoke’s Valley View Mall Saturday night. No one has been arrested.

Roanoke Police say they responded to a report of shots fired on the upper level of the mall following a call at 6:37 p.m.

The mall was evacuated, and teams of emergency crews went through the mall to make sure there was no existing threat, systematically checking each area before escorting people to safety, added Roanoke Police Chief Sam Roman.

Early investigation points to the shooting stemming from an argument involving multiple people, leading to shots being fired by one person, according to police.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene with crews from Roanoke Police, Roanoke Fire-EMS and a Roanoke County Command vehicle all outside an entrance to JCPenney. Virginia State Police were also at the scene.

Witnesses in the mall say a “pop” sound was heard, before seeing multiple people running.

Anyone with helpful tips can contact 540-344-8500 or text 274637 and begin the message with “RoanokePD” to make sure it is properly sent. Both methods can remain anonymous, according to Roanoke PD.

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