The Danville Police Department has charged 43-year-old Khaleel Latwain Rodgers with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in violation of VA Code 18.2-308.2, as the investigation into last nights deadly shooting on Rocklawn Avenue continues.
Khaleel Latwain Rodgers was the unnamed individual from the initial release who arrived at SOVAH Health Danville’s Emergency Room suffering from a gunshot wound as well. He is still receiving medical treatment at a hospital facility for his injuries. To ensure the safety of everyone involved we will not be releasing any location information on Mr. Rodgers.
The hospital providing care as well as the local law enforcement agencies have been made aware of the felony warrants obtained against Mr. Rodgers and we anticipate he will be transported back to Danville when his condition allows.
The Danville Police Department will be hosting a H.E.A.R.T. Heal and Engage After Recent Trauma on Rocklawn Avenue today at 4:00 PM. H.E.A.R.T. walks are a collaborative effort where the Danville Police Department partners with Danville-Pittsylvania County Community Services mental health experts to engage the local community after a traumatic event.
Shortly after 6:30 PM Wednesday evening, the Danville Police Department responded to multiple 911 calls for shots being fired in the Rocklawn Avenue area. Responding officers located 50-year-old Danville resident, Clarence James Martin Jr, in front of a residence in the 100 block of Rocklawn Avenue suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. Mr. Martin was transported to SOVAH Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
Based on evidence at the scene, the Danville Police Department immediately began a homicide investigation.
Shortly after discovering Mr. Martin on Rocklawn Avenue, a 43-year-old male, with a Ringgold address, arrived at the SOVAH Medical Center Emergency Room suffering from gunshot wounds. The second victim was transported by helicopter for further medical treatment in serious condition.
Based on the initial investigation, these two men were shot at the same location on Rocklawn Ave. The Danville Police Department does not believe this was a random act and are not looking for any further suspects at this time. This is still an active and ongoing investigation.
The crime scene is still being processed and the neighborhood canvassed throughout the evening by police personnel.
The victim’s body will be transported to the Medical Examiner’s office in Roanoke for an autopsy.
Residents of Rocklawn Avenue community and the surrounding areas who may have surveillance cameras of any type are asked to please contact the Danville Police Department