5:40 p.m. update: The New River Valley Mall is still being cleared by law enforcement.

The suspect, an adult male, is being interviewed by the Christiansburg Police Department.

He has not been charged yet.

New River Community College has canceled classes for the remainder of Friday and Saturday. They are providing counseling.


5 P.M. UPDATE: Two women hurt in shooting at Christiansburg mall

4:41 p.m. update: A suspect is in custody following a shooting that injured two women Friday at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg.

One woman was airlifted to the hospital, the other woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital. One of the victims is at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and the other is in stable condition at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery.

The suspect’s name has not been released.

The call came into the Christiansburg 911 Dispatch Center around 1:55 p.m. The call came in as a person with a gun at New River Community College satellite location inside the mall. The caller reported hearing shots fired.

Officers were on scene at 2 p.m. The suspect was taken into custody a short time later.

The mall was evacuated and remains closed.

“At this time we do not believe there is any continuing threat to the community at large,”  Christiansburg Police Chief Mark Sisson said during a 3 p.m. news conference.

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

Witnesses tell WDBJ7 that the gunman jumped out of a white car and entered New River Valley Mall through a side entrance.

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, but we have not confirmed any of that as police are still continuing their investigation inside the mall.



News conference about shooting at NRV Mall

Christiansburg public information officer Becky Wilburn will be giving a statement at 3 p.m.

Traffic on Peppers Ferry Road is backed up.