Woman shot, killed in Roanoke; police rule her death a homicide

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Sunday, March 13, 2005
Woman shot, killed in Roanoke; police rule her death a homicide
A man was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, a police spokeswoman said.By
David Harrison 981-3340The Roanoke Times e-mail this story
Police found a woman shot to death and a man injured with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Southeast Roanoke home Saturday night, spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said.
Police have ruled the woman’s death a homicide, Johnson said. Emergency workers first got the call at 7:21 p.m. and took the man to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in an unknown condition, said Johnson. Police did not release any names Saturday night because the next-of-kin had not been notified yet.
Johnson said she did not know if the two people knew each other or if they lived in the house on the 1500 block of Kirk Avenue Southeast. Neighbors said they did not know the house’s occupants but that they did not cause any trouble.
“I’ve never seen much commotion up there,” said Bobby Underwood, who has lived across the street for 20 years. He said “a couple young guys” moved into the house – a two-story white structure on the top of a hill – about six or seven months ago.
Shortly after police arrived, they escorted a visibly upset woman from the house. She talked to police for a few minutes before getting into an unmarked car with a police official and driving away. Johnson said she did not know whether anyone else was in the house at the time of the shootings.
“That’s Southeast,” said Underwood, as he watched the scene from his front porch. “But things ain’t all that bad around here. People put Southeast down but it ain’t a bad place to live.”

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