ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A shooting on Hanover Avenue in broad daylight in northwest Roanoke left a man dead Wednesday afternoon.
This marks the sixth homicide in Roanoke this year and the fourth in the northwest part of the city.
“When you have bullets flying in your neighborhood, certainly it rings a bell that it could have been you,” said Bishop Joseph Mayo.
Mayo serves as the pastor at the Paradise Cathedral Church — right across the street from where the deadly shooting happened on Wednesday, May 4 — and works with the city’s Gun Violence Prevention Commission to try to curb the ongoing violence.
“It just so happens that it happened at my backdoor this time, and we’ve been working very hard around the city trying to come up with venues to deter our young people from getting into situations like this,” Mayo said.
Mayo says there have been shootings near his church before — and he, himself, has lost three family members to gun violence in Roanoke. Two of them were killed in this same neighborhood.
“This young man is somebody’s child, somebody’s brother, somebody’s friend, so this touches a lot of people,” said Mayo.
Police say details about what led up to Wednesday’s shooting are still limited.
If you have any information about this incident, you’re asked to contact the Roanoke Police Department by calling 540-344-8500 or send a text starting with “RoanokePD” to 274637. Both calls and texts can stay anonymous.