Officials say two women were shot at a community college section of New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg, Va., on Friday.(Photo: Daniel Lin, AP)
An 18-year-old community college student was charged with wounding two women with a shotgun at a mall branch of the school in southwestern Virginia Friday afternoon.
Just before the attack, writing from inside the school, he posted his intentions to an online message board, noting he was "10 minutes away from Virginia Tech."
Police said Neil Allen MacInnis, of Christiansburg, was subdued by an off-duty mall security guard and two officers shortly about 2 p.m. at the New River Valley Mall. He is being held without bail at the Montgomery County Jail.
Last year, MacInnis, who is enrolled at New River Community College, completed the Christiansburg Citizen Police Academy training, Police Chief Mark Sisson said at a Friday night news briefing.