Suspect Arrested in Deadly Hookah Lounge Shooting

(The Hill) A man suspected of being involved in the fatal hookah lounge shooting near Virginia Tech’s campus was arrested and taken into custody on Saturday in an incident that left one person dead and four injured, police said in a statement.

Jamel D. Flint, 24, of Roanoke, Va., was arrested without incident and is currently faces charges of first-degree murder after the shooting killed 18-year-old high school student Isiah O. Robinson of Roanoke, according to a statement from the Blacksburg Police. Flint also faces four additional charges of attempted first-degree murder and a firearm charge.

It is unclear what led to Flint’s arrest or if he has an attorney.

Flint’s arrest comes after police responded just before midnight on Friday to reports of shots being fired at Melody Hookah Lounge in Blacksburg, Va. Five people were shot, leaving one dead and four others wounded.

Virginia Tech issued a “secure in place” order around midnight and later lifted it around 3:15 a.m.

“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 wrote 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.”

A school official later noted that that the family of a male student who was wounded said he was out of surgery and was recovering. 

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