Roanoke businesses concerned over recent string of gun violence

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – With the number of shootings climbing in the Star City recently, several business owners are raising concerns about the long-term impact these shootings may have on downtown businesses.

The owner of RT Smith’s Deli in downtown Roanoke says he hopes the recent shootings won’t deter people from coming downtown.

Keith Clinton says he was on vacation with his family when he learned that two people were shot just a block away from his business on Campbell Avenue.

“Businesses are going to actively look at locations outside what they now consider the danger zone and they’re struggling to make it as it is because they can’t get staff down here. Who wants to risk themselves at two in the morning? Or worse, three in the morning cause you have to clean up the joint? There’s nobody down here but trouble.”

Keith Clinton, owner of RT Smith’s Deli

Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea plans on holding a meeting on Friday, June 25 with downtown business owners to discuss safety and plans moving forward.

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