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.


From The Associated Press

A student who hid from a gunman as he shot two women at a southwest Virginia community college says he attempted to lure more students out of hiding by pretending he was a police officer.

Clara Keller told The Roanoke Times that she didn't take the bait and waited with four friends under a desk until the shootings ended Friday at New River Community College's satellite campus in Christiansburg.

Police have identified the shooter as 18-year-old Neil Allan MacInnis, a student at the college.

He is charged with two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony. It is unclear whether he has an attorney.

The conditions of the two women injured in the shooting were not immediately available Saturday.


SUNDAY UPDATE: New River Community College classes at all locations will be cancelled on Monday and Tuesday, April 15 and 16.

Offices will remain open.  Counseling services will available Sunday, April 14, at NRCC in Dublin from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and at both Dublin and the college's New River Valley Mall site on Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A New River Community College student says he heard the gunman's shots being fired as he sat in class.

Brandon Robinson says he was in his calculus class on Friday afternoon inside of the New River Valley Mall.

“First it didn't really register as a shot. It sounded more like someone dropping books very loudly,” said Robinson.

Robinson soon realized it wasn't books but bullets he’d heard. He says he went into safety mode. Initially Robinson went to the back of the classroom with his peers, but noticed that his teacher was alone at the front of the class. He stood up to see if anyone needed help.

“I thought in protocol you should turn off the lights and make it a dark room,” said Robinson.

He says his teacher had locked the doors. He decided to crouch down in front of the doors with his teacher. He would push back if the suspect were to try to force his way in.

“When all that runs through your head, the adrenaline is crazy. I was very nervous, very shaky with the amount of adrenaline,” said Robinson.

 Robinson says it’s still hard to wrap his head around the shooting outside his classroom door.


The second victim from Friday's shooting has been identified as a student at New River Community College.

The delay in identifying her connection to the college was due to a misspelling in her name.

Both victims are reported to be in stable condition at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.