Neighbor speaks out about Roanoke overnight shooting

Published: Sep. 14, 2019 at 6:52 PM EDT
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An overnight shooting has put two men in a hospital.

"This is a really quiet neighborhood usually; you know every once in awhile there's bicycle theft, you know something like that, but pretty desirable place to live usually," Aimee Shepardson, who lives across from where the shooting took place, said.

The quiet environment is why Shepardson said she moved to the Oakland Boulevard neighborhood in the first place. But that all changed for her around 2:00 Saturday morning.

"Well, when the dogs bark that late at night, early in the morning, however you want to look at it, you know there's something usually going on," Shepardson said.

That's when Roanoke Police responded to the sound of shots fired at this 7-Eleven on Williamson Road in Northwest Roanoke.

Police taped off the area and started investigating. Later that day, there was just one piece of caution tape left, hanging out of a trashcan.

"My husband got up first to see what was going on and then we heard all the sirens, of course everybody was outside because nothing like that happens around here," Shepardson added.

Police have since told us they saw a large crowd leaving the 7-Eleven at the time of the shooting. Two men with gunshot wounds were taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital by their own means of transportation. While police do not believe there is any further danger to the community, they say charges are still pending.

"It's a little concerning, we have a teenage daughter that lives with us," Shepardson said.

Roanoke Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

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