Four people hurt in shooting at Ms. Choc's restaurant on Melrose Ave. in Roanoke

Police investigating incident on Melrose Avenue Sunday morning
Police investigating incident on Melrose Avenue Sunday morning(WDBJ)
Published: Jun. 19, 2016 at 7:43 AM EDT
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Four people were hurt in a shooting overnight in Roanoke.

The shooting happened around 3:20 a.m. Sunday morning at Ms. Choc's restaurant, which is on Melrose Avenue.

Police say around 150 people were inside the restaurant at the time of the shooting.

Two of the victims were taken to the hospital by personal vehicles and the two others were taken by ambulance.

No arrests have been made.

Call police if you have any information.

This is the second shooting near Ms. Choc's restaurant in the past month. A 16-year-old girl was shot in the hip outside of the restaurant on June 5.

Here is the news release from the Roanoke Police Department:
On June 19, 2016 at 3:22 A.M., Roanoke Police were on foot patrol in the area of Ms. Choc’s Lounge, 2328 Melrose Avenue N.W. when they heard multiple shots being fired from within the establishment. The crowd, estimated in excess of 150 people, began running out from inside the. Officers responded and began rendering aid to those that had injuries. Investigation revealed that an argument among multiple patron’s started and quickly turned into a physical altercation, and shots were fired. Douglas Troy Hale, age 28 of Roanoke, De’mitreas Gerard Hale, age 26 of Roanoke, Courtney Desean Bratcher, age 28 of Roanoke and Shannon Lewis Walker, age 27 of Roanoke were found to wounds from the altercation from inside the business. Douglas Hale and Courtney Bratcher were transported by Roanoke Fire EMS to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. De'Mitreas Hale and Walker arrived at Roanoke Memorial by personal vehicles. Detectives and evidence technicians are continuing to interview witnesses and collect physical evidence from the scene. The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made. Anyone with any information concerning this incident can call the Roanoke Valley Crime Line at 540-344-8500. All tips are anonymous. An anonymous text message can also be sent to the number: 274637 (CRIMES). Please start your text message with RoanokePD to ensure it is properly sent.

Roanoke Police are investigating an incident that happened on Melrose Avenue overnight.

Our photographer on the scene says there was a heavy police presence Miss Choc's restaurant in the 2400 block.

Right now police are not releasing any details about the incident or if anyone was hurt.

We'll bring you more information as we get it.