A 28-year-old man was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after being shot in downtown Roanoke.
Michael Zigmond Armstead, 25, of Lynchburg was arrested and charged with shooting John Perdue, 28, about 2:40 p.m. near the corner of Campbell Avenue and Third Street, less than a block from the Roanoke Police Department, police spokeswoman Caitlyn Cline said.
Armstead has been charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and he’s being held at the Roanoke City Jail without bond. Cline said the two men knew each other.
A witness told The Roanoke Times that she saw the shooting and heard “four or five shots.”
Perdue, of Roanoke, sat on the sidewalk, propped against a street pole, with an apparent wound in his lower extremities. Blood was visible on the sidewalk after EMTs loaded Perdue into an ambulance and drove away from the scene.
Sgt. Will Drake said the victim was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound that did not appear to be life-threatening. The hospital did not release information on Perdue Wednesday evening.
A woman who was with the victim at the scene said that the wounded man was her boyfriend’s brother. The woman, who did not give her name, said she applied pressure to the wound with her hands.
She said that the shooter was on foot when the shooting happened.
More than a dozen police officers, sheriff’s deputies and emergency personnel arrived at the scene within a few minutes. Cline said police saw a person run away from the intersection as the shooting report was sent to police. Officers stopped Armstead.
Police brought a K-9 to search Campbell Avenue west of Third Street, as well as the building under renovation on the corner. Officers collected several shell casings from the middle of Third Street between Campbell and Salem avenues, on the sidewalk and in the snow at the edge of the road.
At least two people spoke to police at the scene. Both were escorted by officers toward the police department on Campbell Avenue.
Portions of Third Street and Campbell Avenue were closed while police investigated.
“This is scary stuff for us,” Drake said.
He noted that the shooting was in close proximity to the courthouse, jail, police department and city hall.
“This is a busy section of the city for this to happen,” Drake said.
Staff reporter Amy Friedenberger contributed to this report.