Two women wounded in shooting at Virginia community college

Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:53pm EDT

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(Reuters) - A lone gunman opened fire on Friday at a community college campus located in a southwestern Virginia shopping center, wounding two women before he was arrested and prompting an evacuation of the mall, police said.

The shooting erupted shortly before 2 p.m. local time at a satellite campus of New River Community College in Christiansburg, a town on the fringe of the Blue Ridge Mountains about 28 miles southwest of Roanoke.

The college campus lies at one end of the New River Valley Mall.

One of the victims was airlifted and the second was taken by ambulance to a hospital, the Christiansburg Police Department said in a statement, adding that no information about the women's condition or identities was immediately available.

The suspect, a man whose identity authorities did not disclose, was taken into custody and was being questioned by investigators, police said.

The mall was cleared of shoppers and employees as officers searched the complex to ensure there were no further victims or possible suspects, though police said they believed the accused gunman had acted alone.

Area schools were also briefly placed on a security lockdown as a precaution. A message posted on the website of the shopping center in the afternoon stated: "New River Valley Mall is currently closed until further notice."

The incident marked the second shooting scare at a U.S. college on Friday.

Earlier in the day, North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro was locked down for several hours in response to reports of a gunman spotted near a classroom building. But that lockdown was later lifted with no shots fired.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Scott Malone, David Gregorio and Bob Burgdorfer)

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WallaBingBang wrote:

Apr 12, 2013 3:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Lemming wrote:
More Demons doing what Demons do… You cannot stamp out Evil in this world… You can only defend yourself against it with equal or greater force… Our government cannot be allowed to infringe on Second Amendment Rights one bit. Our government cannot protect you or disarm Evil period. You must protect yourself in this world and if you can assist another… Let the anti-gun nuts disarm themselves to be led to slaughter! Myself I do my best and pack a gun wherever I go! I don’t give one rip if a liberal doesn’t like it. Liberals are a cancer on our planet that tried to paint dangerous criminals and their crimes with a Hug a thug mindset and now look at what’s happening… Society has eroded and is being overrun with loonies and criminals… My condolences to the victims…

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1mindgame wrote:
Bad people are going to use tools (like guns, bombs, etc…) no matter what laws are passed. Don’t be so quick to give up your right to be able to defend yourself. The police and government are not always there to protect you when you need them. Once you give up those rights, they are not coming back…

Apr 12, 2013 4:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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