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NRCC shooter returns to court

By SARAH BRADBURY

sarah@southwesttimes.com

 

CHRISTIANSBURG – Neil MacInnis, the man charged with shooting two women at the New River Community College mall site in Christiansburg, will be in court today for a sanity hearing to determine his mental state at the time of the shooting.

MacInnis, a student of NRCC at the time of the shooting, faces firearms and aggravated malicious wounding charges. A recent psychological evaluation indicated he is competent to stand trial, yet a psychologist has requested more time to determine his level of sanity.

Police said MacInnis entered the campus with a 12-gauge pump shotgun just before 2 p.m. April 12 and shot Taylor Sharpe and Kristina Bousserghine before being subdued by an off-duty security guard.

The women, identified as a part-time employee and a student, were hospitalized, but survived the shooting.

MacInnis legally acquired the shotgun from a licensed firearms dealer in the New River Valley two days prior to the shooting, according to police.

He was restrained by an off-duty mall security guard shortly after the women were wounded. During an interview with police he explained his actions by saying he “was having a bad week.”

MacInnis is being held without bond at the Western Virginia Regional Jail.

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