James Flint has been arrested in connection to the Virginia Tech hookah lounge shooting that left one person dead. According to police reports James Flint would open fire at the Virginia Tech hookah lounge Melody Hookah Lounge in Blacksburg Virginia that left one person dead and four others injured. James Flint is now facing murder charges in the death of Isiah O. Robinson, as well as four counts of attempted murder and one count of use of a firearm while committing or attempting to commit murder for the remaining four victims.
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The suspect, identified as Jamel Flint, 24, of Roanoke, was apprehended Saturday following a manhunt, FOX station WFXR-TV of Roanoke reported. Details about the arrest were not immediately available.
Authorities previously said they believed James Flint fired the shots at downtown Blacksburg’s Melody Hookah Lounge, just a short walk from Virginia Tech’s campus.
Blacksburg police obtained six felony warrants for Flint’s arrest, authorities added in a statement.
James Flint faces charges of first-degree murder in the death of Isiah O. Robinson, 18, who was a student at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, as well as four counts of first-degree attempted murder and one count of use of a firearm while committing or attempting to commit murder for the remaining four victims, authorities said.
One of the four wounded victims is a student at Virginia Tech and was recovering, according to Frank Shushok Jr., vice president for student affairs at Virginia Tech.
“We have been in contact with his family, and they report their son is out of surgery, recovering, and seems to be doing well,” Shushok said in a statement, according to Charlottesville’s WVIR-TV. “We continue to respect the privacy of the student, and we are grateful for the outpouring of care and support directed to him.”
Blacksburg police asked that anyone with information about the shooting contact them at 540-443-1400. Anonymous phone calls can be made to the Blacksburg Police Tip Line at 540-961-1819 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A late-night shooting Friday at a hookah lounge near the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg leftone person dead and four injured, police said.
About 11:50 p.m., police responded to a report of shots fired at the Melody Hookah Bar in downtown Blacksburg. Police identified the slain man as Isiah O. Robinson, 18, of Roanoke.
They did not release names of the wounded or specify the extent of the injuries.
Local television stations reported that the person killed was a Roanoke high school student, but police and school officials declined to confirm that Saturday afternoon.
On Facebook, Roanoke City Public Schools officials expressed sadness at “the death of a member of our Patrick Henry High School family,” but the statement did not mention the shooting or say how the person who died was connected to the school.
Virginia Tech officials confirmed that a student there was among those injured.
“We have been in contact with his family, and they report their son is out of surgery, recovering, and seems to be doing well,” Frank Shushok Jr., vice president for student affairs, said in a statement Saturday. “We continue to respect the privacy of the student, and we are grateful for the outpouring of care and support directed to him.”
Police said Saturday night that they had obtained warrants charging a man with murder in the death of Robinson. The warrants also charged the suspect with four counts of attempted murder, police said.
The suspect was identified by Blacksburg police as Jamel Flint, 24, of Roanoke.
The town of Blacksburg said in a tweet late Saturday that James Flint had been taken into custody in Roanoke.
Officials did not provide a motive for the shooting.
“This incident continues to be a complex, ongoing case that has shifted to a homicide investigation,” the Blacksburg Police Department said earlier Saturday. “Multiple law enforcement agencies are assisting in the area and following up on leads.”
The campus was placed on lockdown early Saturday, and students were told to “stay inside” and to “secure doors.” The lockdown was rescinded about 3:15 a.m., but students were told to avoid downtown.
“Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased and we extend our support to those who were injured,” Virginia Tech President Tim Sands said in a statement. “Events like this are difficult and unsettling to all of us. Please care for yourself and seek assistance if you need it. … Our community is strong, and our strength is derived from our genuine care and concern for one another.”
The hookah bar, in a statement posted online Saturday, said: “We are deeply hurt and devastated of what happened Friday night, our condolences go to the families and friends of everyone who were affected. Moving forward we will add more precautions and regulations in place.”
In Virginia, individuals have to be at least 21 to smoke hookah.
Ahead of the shooting, on its website, the bar had posted a notice that it would be closed for a private party from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. but would open to the public again afterward.