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Jaquice Kearney – Family photo via RPD

Police have identified the 16-year-old fatally shot Monday along the 2900 block of Salem Turnpike as Jaquice Kearney. A 15-year-old is charged with his murder. Kearney was the first of two people killed by separate gunfire incidents in Roanoke within several hours. Police say a girl was the victim in the other shooting.

UPDATE: The victim of this incident has been identified as Jaquice Kearney, 16 of Roanoke.

UPDATE: Roanoke police say at 15-year-old is now charged with fatally shooting another teen yesterday near Salem Turnpike and 30th Street Northwest. Police say two teens were struck by gunfire, and one of them later died under hospital treatment. Two other juveniles were taken into custody for questioning, and one of them now faces a second-degree murder charge.

ROANOKE POLICE UPDATE: One of the juvenile males involved in this incident has succumbed to his injuries. This is now an active homicide investigation. Detectives have determined that all four people involved are known to one
another. One of the male juveniles, 15 of Roanoke, was charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault and two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony. As the suspect is a juvenile, we are unable to release further information regarding his identity at this time. The second juvenile was not charged regarding this incident. The juvenile was transported to Roanoke Valley Juvenile Detention Center without incident.

PREVIOUS: On April 26, 2021 at approximately 4:45 p.m., Roanoke Police were on a call the 2900 block of Salem Turnpike NW, when they heard shots fired and observed two male subjects running, one holding a firearm. Officers engaged in a foot pursuit with the subjects, but were not able to apprehend them at that time. Almost immediately after officers engaged in the foot pursuit, Roanoke Police were notified of a person with a gunshot wound in the area near 30th Street and Salem Turnpike NW. Other officers responded to that scene and located two juvenile males who had been shot. Roanoke Fire-EMS transported both victims to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of what appeared to be serious injuries.

Officers were able to locate the two male suspects in a residence in the600 block of Naho Street NW. Shortly after locating both suspects, they were both taken into custody for questioning. Both were identified as juvenile males. At this time, no arrests have been made. This remains an ongoing investigation, and officers are working to determine the events leading up to the shooting.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call (540)344-8500 and share what you know. You can also text us at 274637; please begin the text with “RoanokePD” to ensure it’s properly sent. Both calls and texts can remain anonymous.