Police charge man who was injured from Wednesday’s deadly shooting in Danville

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(Photo: Courtesy Danville Police Department)

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The man who was hospitalized Wednesday night following a deadly shooting in Danville has now been charged by police.

According to the Danville Police Department, officers responded to multiple 911 calls about shots fired in the Rocklawn Avenue area shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

When police arrived at the scene, they found 50-year-old Clarence James Martin Jr. of Danville, in front of a residence in the 100 block of Rocklawn Avenue. Martin appeared to have a gunshot wound and was transported to SOVAH Medical Center, where he later died.

Shortly after finding Martin on Rocklawn Avenue, the department says a 43-year-old man with a Ringgold address arrived in a helicopter at the SOVAH Health Danville’s Emergency Room with a gunshot wound. He was reportedly flown there due to his serious condition.

According to officials, the initial investigation indicates the two men were shot at the same location on Rocklawn Avenue.

As of this writing, police say the 43-year-old man — now identified as Khaleel Latwain Rodgers — is still being treated for his injuries at a hospital facility.

The department announced on Thursday, Nov. 18 that Rodgers has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon amid the ongoing investigation into Wednesday’s deadly shooting on Rocklawn Avenue.

“The hospital providing care as well as the local law enforcement agencies have been made aware of the felony warrants obtained against Mr. Rodgers and we anticipate he will be transported back to Danville when his condition allows,” the Danville Police Department said in a statement on Thursday.

In response to this homicide, police plan to host a “Heal and Engage After Recent Trauma” (H.E.A.R.T.) Walk on Rocklawn Avenue at 4 p.m. on Thursday. 

“H.E.A.R.T. walks are a collaborative effort where the Danville Police Department partners with Danville-Pittsylvania County Community Services mental health experts to engage the local community after a traumatic event,” Thursday’s statement said. “The teams provide updates on the crime and suspect information, and ensure any questions and concerns are addressed.  All efforts will be made to reduce fear and anxiety for the neighborhood after this traumatic event, including offering the services of the trained behavioral health staff involved in the walk or follow-up if needed.”

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