From Roanoke Police: On April 18, 2014 at 8:50 p.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 1900 block of Franklin Road SW, the Ramada Inn, to investigate a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located a victim, a 62-year-old white male from Roanoke. The victim suffered what appeared to be a non-life threatening gun shot wound and was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. Officers attempted to locate a suspect but were unsuccessful. The victim told detectives he was walking along the greenway and noticed someone approximately 50 yards in front of him keep looking back in a paranoid state. On the greenway, in the area of the Ramada Inn, the victim stated the suspect turned and fired multiple shots.
The suspect is described as possibly being a male, unknown race, wearing gray sweat pants or blue jeans, and a gray or white hoodie. At this point in the investigation, there has been no information developed that would indicate the victim knew the suspect, or had previous contact with the suspect. Investigators are trying to determine a potential motive for the incident and develop further descriptors regarding the suspect. This information will be gathered through the investigation. Further details will be provided when they become available. If you can help investigators with any information, please call Roanoke Valley Crime Line at 540-344-8500.