Radford residents react to Sunday morning shootings

New River Valley News

RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — A pair of early morning shootings in the City of Radford on Sunday left one person injured and some community members rattled.

At 1:08 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24, the Radford City Police Department responded to a call for shots fired on the 100 block of Madison Street. Approximately 14 minutes later, police received another call about shots fired on the 400 block of Sanford Street.

“We were peeking out the blinds to see who was yelling, and we heard gunshots. So we hid on the floor in my room,” said nursing student Darian Boyd.

Boyd’s instincts kicked in when she heard that someone was injured.

“He wasn’t talking. He was bleeding. So, I said ‘talk to me,’ and there was a cop with him, and we were trying to keep him from going asleep,” said Boyd.

The gunshot victim was transported to the New River Valley Medical Center and is currently still in the hospital.

“I want him to be okay,” said Boyd.

While the shooting is still under investigation, police are linking the two together. The two shootings happen to be the first shootings of the year for the city.

“This is rare for our city. We want our community to feel safe. This is why we have police officers out there, and we have resources available for anybody that’s in need,” said Radford City Police Sgt. Emily Hite.

Neighbors in the apartment complex say something needs to be done to keep them safe.

“As a Copper Beech resident, I think it’s a little bit crazy. Something needs to be done. I haven’t heard anything from Copper Beech management,” said Hayley Grossman.

“We are here to go to school. We are not here to deal with drama and fighting. Hopefully, Copper Beech handles it,” said Boyd.

The Radford City Police is asking for your help with this ongoing investigation. If you have any information about either shooting, you are asked to call (540) 731-3624 or email crimestoppers@radfordva.gov.

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