Suspect in Va. community college shooting indicted

CHRISTIANBURG, Va.— A grand jury has indicted a man accused of shooting two women at a community college inside a Christiansburg mall.

Neil MacInnis, 19 and a former student at New River Community College, is charged with two malicious wounding counts and two firearms counts stemming from the April 12 shooting at a satellite campus of the college inside the mall.

According to reports, a Montgomery County grand jury issued the indictments on Tuesday. A plea hearing is set for Nov. 13.

Police have said part-time employee Taylor Sharpe and student Kristina Bousserghine were in the lobby when a gunman entered the building. An off-duty security guard and Christiansburg police officers subdued the suspect after the women were shot.

Neither woman appears to have been targeted, Christiansburg police have said. Both were recovering from their injuries. Police said they were pursuing the wounding charge because its maximum penalty of 20 years in prison is stiffer than the 10-year maximum for a charge of attempted murder.

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



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