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Gunshots Heard in Roanoke Tied to Police Training Exercises

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Recently, a number of people have called about hearing gunshots late at night in Northwest Roanoke.

Turns out they're most likely tied to police training exercises.

Roanoke City Police say over the past two weeks they have been doing a state-required annual qualification course.

Part of this training requires police to practice shooting at night, so they're used to low-lighting situations.

"This year, unlike past years, we were able to schedule onto the firearms range a little earlier than normal," said Lieutenant McBabb. "Because of that, it stayed light until about 8 p.m. so we weren't able to start until then. But it's unfortunate that the noise level carried a little further than we expected, into the neighborhoods."

The training exercises wrapped up over the weekend. They are set to begin again sometime next year.