Name released of “armed and dangerous” Danville Mall shooting suspect

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Christian Pinckney photo(Danville PD)
Published: Oct. 29, 2022 at 8:34 PM EDT
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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - The suspect in a killing at the Danville Mall Saturday night has been identified as 18-year-old Christian Isiah Pinckney. Pinckney has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder, Maliciously Discharge a Firearm Within a Public Building, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Possession of a Firearm After Being Convicted of a Felony.

Pinckney is still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to police.

The victim, a mall customer, has been identified as Tyshais Dashawn King, a 26-year-old Danville man. (Police originally released a different spelling of the name, then corrected it.)

Christian Pinckney
Christian Pinckney(Danville Police Department)

Danville Police say the shooting occurred around 7:14 p.m. in the Hibbett Sports store, after which police searched each store in the mall and kept customers inside during the search as a precaution. Police learned the shooter ran from the mall after the shooting.

The situation appears to be an isolated case with no further threat to the community, according to police.

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Credit: Danville Police(Credit: Danville Police)
Credit: Danville Police
Credit: Danville Police(Credit: Danville Police)

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