Roanoke County police arrested a third person last week in a dispute over a pit bull that turned violent on Bent Mountain last month.
Marcques Jermaine Whorley, 36, of Roanoke is charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Whorley was arrested Oct. 8 and is being held at the Roanoke City Jail without bond. He’s also charged in the city with grand larceny and simple assault against a family member. Those charges are unrelated to the Bent Mountain case.
Whorley was one of the three people shot on Sept. 6 in the 10000 block of Slings Gap Road. He was shot multiple times, police said. The other shooting victims were Rochevious Nance, 54, of Roanoke County, and a 17-year-old male from Roanoke whose name has not been released.
The incident began over a dog running loose, police have said. Two groups of people from neighboring homes had a verbal exchange, which progressed into a number of people arming themselves and exchanging gunfire.
Police and search warrants described a scene of bullets scattered around a property and lodged into vehicles that people were dodging behind to avoid gunfire. Police seized more than a dozen firearms.
Police arrested two uninjured Roanoke men after the incident. Michael Jamar Nance, 24, is charged with two counts of attempted malicious wounding, possession of a gun as a nonviolent felon and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Keith Rahndale Nance, 29, is charged with two counts of attempted malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Both men are still in custody and have preliminary hearings scheduled for Nov. 30 in Roanoke County General District Court.
Police are still investigating the incident, and anyone with information can call the Criminal Investigations Division of the Roanoke County Police Department at 777-8641 or the Roanoke Valley Crime Line at 344-8500.