2 shot, gunman in custody at Virginia mall that houses college


NBC News - Tracy Connor

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (NBC News) - Two women were shot Friday at a Virginia mall that houses a community college, and police have the gunman in custody, authorities said.

Both victims were taken to the hospital. Their condition was unknown.

Students and workers were evacuated from the New River Valley Mall in Christianburg, NBC station WSLS reported.

A witness told the Roanoke Times that a gunman walked into the lobby of the mall, near the New River Community College, and pointed it at a woman.

Students in a classroom heard what they thought was a door slamming before they realized it was gunshots. A teacher told them to run.

“I heard one gunshot, and I didn’t know what it was,” student Josh Brown told the paper. “I saw people running out.”

“I’ll be scared to come back to school,” he added, starting to cry. “What’s wrong with people? Who would do something like this?”