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No arrests made after teen shot outside Berglund Center in Roanoke

The shooting happened during a graduation practice for William Fleming
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 2:51 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A teenage boy was hurt in a shooting outside the Berglund Center in Roanoke Wednesday afternoon.

About 2 p.m. June 9, police were called to reports of shots fired near the Berglund Center. They found the teen with what appeared to be a non-life-threatening gunshot wound inside the event center. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police say their preliminary investigation indicates the incident happened in the parking lot by the Berglund Center, and then the victim ran inside. Chief Sam Roman said the shooting stemmed from an altercation between two minors earlier in the day; it appeared “somewhat resolved,” but led to an argument that ended in gunfire.

No one has been arrested.

Roman said he believes the community is safe and there is no ongoing threat.

The incident took place during practice for a William Fleming High School graduation. 301 graduates were at the Berglund Center at the time.

A Roanoke City Public Schools spokesperson says the victim is a student whose family has been notified, and says, “The safety and security of our students and staff is always our top priority. Please feel confident that the school system is taking every possible precaution to ensure student safety. We have provided counseling to students and staff who are still on site at the Berglund Center, and counselors remain on the premises to provide continued support.”

School Superintendent Verletta White said, “We are so proud of our students who handled this situation very well.” She said graduation will proceed as planned, but with extra precautions, additional security and additional police presence.

The Roanoke Sheriff's Office is at the scene of a shooting at the Berglund Center
The Roanoke Sheriff's Office is at the scene of a shooting at the Berglund Center(WDBJ7)

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call (540) 344-8500. You can also text 274637; begin the text with “RoanokePD” to ensure it’s properly sent. Calls and texts can remain anonymous.

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