We're learning more information about the man who went face to face with the man accused of shooting two women at the New River Valley Mall.
His name is James Gorman and he is the security director for the mall. Two women were injured in Friday's shooting at the Christiansburg mall.
He says he was off duty when he received word that there was a possible shooting inside the mall.
“Whatever was going to happen was going to happen. I was committed at that point,” Gorman said.
James Gorman was celebrating his 33rd wedding anniversary when he got the call that there had been a shooting inside the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg. He says he rushed over to assist.
“I didn't have a weapon. I was in civilian clothes. I had a T-shirt and a pair of jeans on and a ball cap I was just hollering at him,” Gorman said about when he tried to detain shooting suspect Neil MacInnis.
Off duty and unarmed, Gorman says it was all reaction. He says he wanted to get the situation under control as soon as possible.
“I just yelled ‘Put down the weapon.’ And he started replying, then I yelled ‘Get down.’ And he got down. I was right there on top of him, it was good to go.”
Gorman says MacInnis never pointed his gun at him. He says the incident seemed to scare his wife more than it did himself.
“It happened. It was quick. It was over with, and life goes on,” Gorman said.
Now Gorman says he would not recommend that any of his officers do what he did, and his wife agrees.