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After Saturday shooting, Roanoke leaders hope new grant funds will help reduce gun violence

Published: Jul. 24, 2021 at 4:38 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Roanoke Police continue to investigate after a shooting early Saturday morning.

According to RPD, the shooting happened in the parking lot near Market Square off Campbell Avenue just before 2 a.m.

A teen was found shot along Cherry Avenue Northwest and taken to a hospital.

City leaders say using resources to solve conflicts safely is one way they look to stop gun violence.

“Our work is really about ending those kinds of conflicts and giving people the tools they need to resolve conflicts in healthy ways,” said Joe Cobb, who heads the city’s gun violence prevention commission.

As a part of that, they plan to use more than $500,000 in new grant funds to train community volunteers to become conflict resolution specialists.

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