Blacksburg Police report suspect in custody
For additional updates and information related to this case, visit the Town of Blacksburg.
The following release is from the Blacksburg Police Department.
Mr. Jamel D. Flint has been taken into custody in Roanoke ,Virginia without incident. We would like to thank the community for their assistance along with the Blacksburg Rescue Squad, Virginia Tech Police Department, Virginia Tech Rescue Squad, Christiansburg Police Department, Virginia State Police, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the New River Valley 911 Center, the FBI and the US Marshals Service who took Mr. Flint into custody. This was truly a group effort to restore safety and security to the Blacksburg community.
Though Mr. Flint is in custody this continues to be an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Blacksburg Police Department at (540) 443-1400. You can remain anonymous by calling the Blacksburg Police Tip Line at (540) 961-1819 or by emailing
The following release is from the Blacksburg Police Department. Read the complete release and description of the suspect.
The Blacksburg Police Department has obtained six felony warrants for 24 year old Jamel D. Flint of Roanoke, Virginia. These include; Murder in the First Degree for the homicide of 18 year old Isiah O. Robinson of Roanoke, Virginia four counts of Attempted Murder in the First Degree, and one count of Use of a Firearm while committing or attempting to commit Murder for the remaining four victims.
At this time Mr. Flint is still at large and is considered armed and dangerous. If you are aware of the whereabouts of Mr. Flint you are encouraged to use caution and contact your local authorities or the Blacksburg Police Department at (540) 443-1400. You can remain anonymous by calling the Blacksburg Police Tip Line at (540) 961-1819 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blacksburg Transit is running on normal routes and schedules. Check RideBT.org for more information.
Dear Virginia Tech community,
I am sharing a brief update regarding our student who was injured last night.
We have been in contact with his family, and they report their son is out of surgery, recovering, and seems to be doing well. We continue to respect the privacy of the student, and we are grateful for the outpouring of care and support directed to him.
Our Dean of Students office, Cook Counseling Center, Hokie Wellness, and Housing and Residence Life teams are working to support the community.
We can rarely control the challenges life brings our way, but our response is very much in our hands. I am proud of our community and grateful how we pull together in difficult moments.
Frank Shushok Jr.,
Vice President for Student Affairs
Blacksburg Transit has suspended service. Check RideBT.org for more information.
From President Tim Sands
Dear members of the Virginia Tech community,
Shortly before midnight last night, Blacksburg Police responded to a report of shots fired at the Melody Hookah Lounge in downtown Blacksburg. The Blacksburg Police Department has released a statement that one person was killed; four others were injured, one of whom was a Virginia Tech student. At this time, the names of the victims have not been released. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased and we extend our support to those who were injured.
Events like this are difficult and unsettling to all of us. Please care for yourself and seek assistance if you need it. Campus resources are listed below. Our community is strong, and our strength is derived from our genuine care and concern for one another.
Blacksburg Police are leading this ongoing investigation and we are assisting. If you have information about this case, please contact the Blacksburg Police Department at (540) 443-1400 or you can remain anonymous by calling the Blacksburg Police Tip Line at (540) 961-1819 or by emailing email@example.com.
We will continue to share the latest information on this incident at vt.edu.
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Hokie Wellness: 540-231-2233 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Housing and Residence Life: 540-231-6205 | Email: email@example.com
- Cook Counseling Center: 540-231-6557
- Dean of Students Office: 540-231-3787 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Virginia Tech Police Department: 540-231-6411 x1
From Blacksburg Police: This incident continues to be a complex, ongoing case that has shifted to a homicide investigation. There were five individuals that were injured in the shooting, four were transported to local hospitals and one is deceased. The severity of the injuries of those who were transported is unknown at this time.
Secure in place ended. Blacksburg Police continue to investigate. Avoid downtown.
The following was issued from the Blacksburg Police Department following an incident in downtown Blacksburg.
On Friday Feb. 4, 2022 at 11:53 p.m., the Blacksburg Police responded to the report of shots fired at the Melody Hookah Lounge located at 109 N Main St in downtown Blacksburg. Multiple individuals were transported from the scene to local hospitals. Multiple law enforcement agencies are assisting in the area and following up on leads.
This is an ongoing investigation by the Blacksburg Police, and anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Blacksburg Police Department at (540) 443-1400 or you can remain anonymous by calling the Blacksburg Police Tip Line at (540) 961-1819 or by emailing email@example.com.
VT Alerts related to incident
2:43 a.m. - VT Alerts (NRV): Correction: Update incident at W Roanoke/Draper. Continue to secure in place. More information at vt.edu.
2:13 a.m. - VT Alerts (NRV): Report of Shots Fired [LOCATION]. Stay Inside. Secure doors. Emergency personnel responding. Call 911 for help.
1 a.m. - VT Alerts (NRV): Update on Shots Fired West Roanoke St/Draper Rd. Continue to secure in place. Emergency personnel on scene. Call 911 for help.
12:21 a.m. - VT Alerts (NRV): Report of Shots Fired W. Roanoke/Draper Rd. Continue to secure in place. Emergency personnel on scene. Call 911 for help.
11:59 p.m. - VT Alerts (NRV): Person with a gun reported near West Roanoke St./Draper Rd. Stay Inside. Secure doors. Emergency personnel responding. Call 911 for help.