News Releases

September 14, 2017

ROANOKE POLICE MAKE ARREST IN SHOOTING AT Z-MART ON MELROSE AVENUE

Roanoke, Va.- On September 14, 2017 at 12:13 p.m. Roanoke Police were called to the 2800 block of Melrose Avenue NW, the Z-Mart, to investigate a shooting.  When officers arrived they found that a store employee, an adult male, had been shot in the upper body. He was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment.  A witness at the scene gave officers a description of the vehicle that the suspect, a white female, had driven away from the scene in.  The description given to responding officers was a white Toyota pickup truck, with a specific tag, driven by the white female. Officers at the scene of the shooting relayed the vehicle and suspect description by police radio.  At 12:17 p.m. officers observed a white Toyota Tacoma, with the same tag, driven by a white female on Cove Road. Officers stopped the vehicle at Cove Road and Hershberger Road.  The driver of the vehicle was identified as Dawn Michele Whitlock, age 43, of Roanoke County.  After further investigation Whitlock was charged with malicious wounding.   She was taken to the Roanoke City Jail.  Evidence Technicians continue to collect evidence from the scene of the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.