UPDATE: Roanoke City Police say Tuesday night’s I-581 shooting is an ‘isolated threat’

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke Police Department said that Tuesday night’s shooting on I-581 is most likely an isolated incident.

The police report stated that the incident took place between the Orange Avenue exit and the Elm Avenue exit on I-581 South on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Roanoke Police say they were notified at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday that a man with a gunshot wound arrived in a personal vehicle at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was driving at the time of the shooting.

Officers arrived at the hospital to speak with the victim, but they say no arrests have been made at this time.

Including this incident, there have been 38 shootings in Roanoke in 2020 that have resulted in injury.

“We can confirm that incidents of gun violence have gone up, especially since the economy has opened up as a result of COVID-19,” explained Roanoke Vice Mayor Joe Cobb. “That’s not just a local trend, it’s a national trend. It’s certainly heightened because we’ve got a number of incidents over the last month.”

Roanoke city officials attribute many of those incidents to gang culture being on the rise. The City’s Task Force To Reduce Gun Violence is working with the Roanoke Police Department to tackle the problem.

The investigation is ongoing. Roanoke officials ask anyone with any information on this shooting or any other incidents to come forward.

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