The juvenile responsible for Wednesday night’s shooting at the Salem Fair has been charged with Two Counts of Malicious Wounding, Two Counts of Using a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Carrying a Concealed Weapon. The suspect, who is under the age of 16, is being held at the Roanoke Detention Center.
One of the victims was a juvenile and the second victim was an adult male. The victims were not acquaintances and neither one of them knew the shooter. Both victims were transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital by Salem Fire and EMS personnel last night. The one with non-life-threatening injuries was treated and released, while the other remains hospitalized in stable condition.
The incident occurred at 8:57 p.m. on Wednesday night. Officers were patrolling the midway when they heard the shots. They quickly observed a suspect with a gun, chased the individual down and immediately took him into custody. The Fair, which is normally open until 11 p.m., was closed for the night.
This crime remains under investigation and additional charges are pending. Salem Police are asking that any eyewitnesses please take the time to provide an account of the incident by calling 375-3083.