A violent disturbance roiled a popular Roanoke ice cream shop Thursday night, sending two people to the hospital with stab wounds and ending when a bystander struck the knife-wielding man with a chair, police said.

Police were called to the Blue Cow Ice Cream Parlor at the corner of Walnut Avenue and Piedmont Street for a stabbing in progress at about 10 p.m., a statement from Roanoke Police spokeswoman Caitlyn Cline said.

A man arrested at the scene told police he was at the shop to speak to a woman who worked there, Cline said.

An altercation erupted during which the woman, Rachel Shelton, 25, and her father, Marcus Shelton, 61, both of Roanoke, were each stabbed several times, Cline said.

The assault ended when a customer struck the man with a chair, Cline said, causing the man to leave the shop.

Blue Cow owner Jason Kiser confirmed that Shelton worked in the shop and said he was thankful for the customer who “courageously” intervened. The shop had already closed for the night and only a few customers remained to finish up their ice cream, Kiser said. The shop was open Friday.

The two victims and the man with the knife all were taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Jordan Ornes, 26, of Roanoke was arrested. According to the city’s inmate information website, he’s being held in the Roanoke City Jail without bond, charged with two counts of malicious wounding, violation of a protective order and making a written threat.

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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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