Roanoke man charged in connection with shooting in Downtown Roanoke

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Police took a Roanoke man into custody for multiple charges Wednesday afternoon following a shooting in the downtown area of the Star City.

A little before noon on Wednesday, Nov. 24, the Roanoke Police Department says word came in about shots fired in the area of 2nd Street and Salem Avenue SW.

According to police, as officers headed to the scene, a man entered the department and reported that another man fired a gun in his direction while he was traveling on Salem Avenue.

The department says the man was not injured, nor have any injuries been reported in connection with the incident.

When officers arrived at the scene, they reportedly found evidence of a shooting, but not the alleged shooter. However, a description of the man accused of the shooting was issued to all officers, who quickly located him near Elmwood Park.

As police approached the man, they began to speak with him before he tried to run away. After a brief pursuit, officers were able to take that man into custody without incident, authorities say.

Officials identified the man as 43-year-old Donato Richardson of Roanoke. He is being charged with attempted aggravated assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of methamphetamine, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

“We commend the swift actions of all the Roanoke Police Officers involved in this incident,” the Roanoke Police Department said in a statement. “Thanks to their teamwork and dedication, a suspect was taken into custody quickly and efficiently without further incident or danger to our community.”

Police say details are limited at this time, but the incident is still under investigation.

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