The identities of both victims and further information on their conditions will not be released to protect their privacy.    

The investigation is ongoing.


The suspect accused of opening fire and injuring two women Friday at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg has been identified by investigators.

18-year-old Neil Allen MacInnis of Christiansburg has been charged with two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of using a firearm while committing a felony. MacInnis is enrolled as a New River Community College student. The shooting took place at New River Community College's satellite location inside the mall.

About five minutes after the shooting, MacInnis was subdued by an off-duty security guard and two Christiansburg police officers.

Police are investigating whether or not an internet post about a shooting was made by MacInnis. Click here to see the post in question.

MacInnis completed the Christiansburg Citizen Police Academy in 2012, according to Christiansburg Police Chief Mark Sisson. MacInnis is being held in the Montgomery County Jail without bond.

 “Today has been a very tough day,” Sisson said. “Today has been a very tough day for law enforcement officers involved. It’s been a very tough day for the victims and their families. It’s been a very tough day for the suspect’s families.”

Sisson said investigators are trying to figure out the relationship between MacInnis and the victims.  Both victims are now being treated at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. One was originally airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. The other victim was taken by ambulance to LewisGale Hospital at Montgomery.

One of the victims was a part-time employee at New River Community College. It's not clear if the other victim had a relationship to the school.

An official tells WDBJ7 that when police came, MacInnis dropped his gun and told police "Come get me."  The official also said one of the two injured women was shot through a window and had cuts to her face, and was hit in the hand.

Family members we spoke to are in disbelief, and said they couldn't imagine MaCInnis with a gun. Neighbors tell WDBJ7 that MacInnis lived in Christiansburg with his parents. They said they were stunned to hear that MacInnis was involved with the shooting.

"My fiancée’s brother had just left there taking classes over there like an hour-and-a-half ago before it happened,” Steven Addison of Christiansburg said. “You have to watch where you go.  It could happen anywhere, anytime.  It's scary."

Investigators say MacInnis drove to the New River Valley Mall around 1:55 p.m. Friday afternoon. MacInnis got out of his car with a gun and walked into the mall, and then opened fire. He was in custody five minutes later. WDBJ7 verified two pictures of MacInnis being taken into custody. Click here to see the pictures, which were shared by WDBJ7 viewer Amanda Taylor. 

10 p.m. update on shooting at New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg

Search warrants have been conducted at several locations potentially linked to MacInnis, according to a news release.

According to New River Valley Mall Manager Mike Poldiak, the mall will re-open at noon Saturday.

Montgomery County schools were briefly locked down, but that lockdown was lifted shortly after the suspect was placed in custody.

WDBJ7 spoke with a man who works inside the mall, but didn't make it inside for work Friday.

“When I got to the mall I saw all the commotion and I called my boss, she told me not to come in,” Josiah Munger said.

Munger has a friend who was in class inside the school.

The friend said he heard four shots from what sounded like a shotgun. Investigators have not released what type of weapon was used. 


8 p.m. news conference about Christiansburg mall shooting