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Roanoke police collect evidence at the scene of a shooting Tuesday in the 1600 block of Eastern Avenue Northeast. One person was taken to the hospital and is in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. Police have not identified a suspect.

A 19-year-old Salem man remained in critical condition Wednesday night after a shooting in northeast Roanoke the night before, police said.

Police found Jacob Aldridge with a gunshot wound to the back of his head in the 1600 block of Eastern Avenue, spokeswoman Caitlyn Cline said.

He was found just before 10 p.m. Tuesday and taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

No arrests have been made.

Jesus Hernandez arrived Wednesday morning to pick up his co-workers, who live near the site of the shooting. They said they heard anywhere from seven to 15 shots fired.

On Wednesday morning, police could be seen retrieving evidence around a gold Mercedes that had run up on a lawn; photos on social media show Aldridge leaning on a Mercedes with the same plates.

Friends of Aldridge say they don’t know why he was on Eastern Avenue on Tuesday night.

Aldridge is a 2017 graduate of Salem High School, where he played basketball and baseball, friends said.

“I’ve never seen Jake in a bad situation. He puts his friends first,” said Janae Blakeney, 17, a rising senior at Salem. “That’s why everyone’s upset about it, because he’s such a kind-hearted person.”

Blakeney said Aldridge has a penchant for fancy clothing. “He was like a fashion show 24/7,” Blakeney said. “He used to wear, like, nice dress pants, Gucci shoes and a Gucci shirt to match. He would always match.”

Aldridge was shot in front of the same house that was the site of a Thanksgiving Day home invasion robbery in which one man was killed and another was wounded last year.

Police arrived about noon that day and found Evgeniy Aleksander Prokopchak, 20, with gunshot wounds. Police said at the time that they believed Prokopchak might have shot one of the invaders.

Just 15 minutes later, police responded to calls to the 200 block of Liberty Road, where they found Morgan Nino Stamper-Dizon, 19, suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at the hospital later that day.

Police believe the two November incidents were related. They said then that witnesses told investigators that at least two other people were with Stamper-Dizon at Liberty Road, but they ran away before officers arrived.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Don Caldwell said Wednesday that Prokopchak would not be charged because it appeared he was acting in self-defense.

Caldwell said he had not heard from police about the most recent shooting.

Cline said that at this point police do not think there is a link between Tuesday’s shooting and the November shooting.

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Matt Chittum covers Roanoke City. A Roanoke native, he’s been at the Roanoke Times for more than two decades, having overcome an inauspicious start with a part-time clerical job.

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