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UPDATE: New River Valley Mall shooting suspect bought 12-gauge shotgun legally

Neil MacInnis is accused of hurting two women Friday when he opened fire at the Christiansburg mall.

April 15, 2013|WDBJ7 Web Staff
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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — Neil MacInnis, the teenager accused of opening fire Friday at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg, was taken into custody with a 12-gauge shotgun that he legally purchased two days before the shooting, investigators say.

MacInnis wounded two women inside New River Community College’s satellite campus, which is inside the mall.

MacInnis’ shotgun was bought legally on Wednesday from a licensed dealer in the New River Valley. Nine spent shell casings were recovered inside New River Community College. Three different types of ammunition were found – bird shot, buck shot, and slugs. Click here to see the search warrant.

Investigators have not found a relationship between MacInnis and the two victims. The Christiansburg Police Department believes the two victims just happened to be in the lobby when MacInnis entered the building. One of the victims was a part-time employee at New River Community College, and the other was a student.

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 The off-duty mall security guard who was the first to confront MacInnis has been identified as James Gorman. Gorman is credited with ordering MacInnis to drop his weapon and to get on the ground. Gorman then held MacInnis on the ground until two Christiansburg police officers arrived moments later, and took him into custody.

Gorman is employed by AlliedBarton, and is chief of security at the New River Valley Mall.  AlliedBarton is contracted to provide security at the New River Valley Mall.

It’s still not clear what MacInnis’ motive was. During his interview with detectives he said that he “was having a bad week.”

MacInnis, who was appointed a public defender in court Monday, is being held in the Montgomery County Jail without bond. He is charged with two counts of malicious wounding, and two counts of using a firearm in commission of a felony.

MacInnis has been charged with malicious wounding instead of attempted murder because under Virginia law, the penalties for malicious wounding are more severe than for attempted murder, according to the Christiansburg Police Department.

MacInnis completed the Christiansburg Police Department Citizens Academy program in 2012. It’s a 12-week course that has been around since 1995. The course gives citizens an overview about a typical day as a police officer.

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Noon Monday update: New River Valley Mall shooting suspect Neil MacInnis appeared in Montgomery County General District Court on Monday morning.

MacInnis is charged with two counts of using a firearm in commission of a felony, and two counts of malicious wounding. Investigators say MacInnis opened fire Friday afternoon at the Christiansburg mall, wounding two women.

In court Monday, MacInnis was appointed a public defender. His preliminary hearing was also set for 2:30 p.m. June 18. MacInnis did not enter a plea.

The judge asked MacInnis if he understood the charges against him, and he said yes.

One of the shooting victims was a New River Community College employee, and the other was a New River Community College student.

MacInnis wore a jail-issued orange jump suit during his appearance. Several of his family members gasped when he entered the courtroom, according to WDBJ7's Orlando Salinas.

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The man accused of shooting two people at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg on Friday is expected to appear in court Monday morning.

An arraignment is scheduled for Neil MacInnis at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Montgomery County General District Court in Christiansburg.

MacInnis is accused of shooting a New River Community College part-time employee and student on Friday.

He was arrested shortly after the shooting. At last check, both victims are in stable condition at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

MacInnis is charged with two counts of using a firearm in commission of a felony, and two counts of malicious wounding.

WDBJ7 will be at the hearing.

Check back soon for more updates.

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From the Associated Press

The uncle of a man charged with shooting two women at a community college in Virginia says the suspect's family is stunned and devastated.

Stewart MacInnis tells The Associated Press that Neil Allan MacInnis' family also is concerned about the victims and their families.

His 18-year-old nephew is being held at the Montgomery County Jail on two counts each of malicious wounding and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Police say Neil MacInnis is accused of shooting the women Friday at a satellite campus of New River Community College at a mall in Christiansburg. Police aren't releasing the victims' names.

Stewart MacInnis says the shootings also affected students, faculty and staff at the college. He says the family's thoughts are with them, as well.

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From The Associated Press

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