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NRCC shooter receives 38 years

CHRISTIANSBURG – Neil MacInnis, the man charged with shooting two women at the New River Community College mall site in Christiansburg last year, was sentenced today to a total of 68 years with 30 suspended.

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.”

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