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Town police have declined to identify the women but their names have emerged through social media posts and other reporting.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
The two victims of a shooting Friday at the Christiansburg campus of New River Community College remained in stable condition Saturday, according to a Christiansburg news release.
Town police have declined to identify the two women, but social media posts and other reporting indicate they are Taylor Sharpe, a part-time college employee who is engaged to be married, and Kristina Bousserghine, a freshman at the school.
The suspect in the Friday shooting, 18-year-old Neil Allan MacInnis, of Christiansburg, was also a student at NRCC. According to online Virginia jail records, MacInnis remained at the Montgomery County Jail Saturday.
MacInnis worked for one summer in Virginia Tech’s admissions office, where his mother, Kim MacInnis is an events coordinator, university spokesman Larry Hincker said.
Neil MacInnis’s father, Brian MacInnis, is a Tech employee working in assistive technologies, according to the university directory.
Although Christiansburg spokeswoman Becky Wilburn declined to release the identities of the victims Saturday, people on social media shared news and support for each other and the two wounded women.
Several people tweeted well wishes for Sharpe, mentioning her upcoming wedding. NRCC spokesman Mark Rowh said a woman named Taylor Sharpe is a part-time employee of the college, assigned to duties at the front desk of the mall location.
According to social media accounts attributed to Sharpe, she is scheduled to be married this summer. A user identified as Sharpe describes herself on a personal website as someone who loves “jesus; hot tea; nicholas sparks books; yellow; little kids; flowers; my roommates; kittens; ribbons; sunrises; virginia tech; cru; ellipticizing; baking; friends; discovery health; investigation discovery; dave barnes; guitar; praise music; my bible; italian; catch phrase; heart to hearts.”
A woman named Taylor Sharpe also graduated from Virginia Tech in 2012, Hincker said.
Through Facebook statuses and comments, people involved with NRCC mentioned their concerns for a woman named Kristina Bousserghine. Rowh confirmed that a woman named Kristina Bousserghine is a second-semester freshman at the college.
A Facebook page for Bousserghine states that Bousserghine graduated from Floyd County High School and speaks Svenska, English and French.
Rowh said he did not know if either Sharpe or Bousserghine were the women injured in the Friday shooting.
Several years ago, Dublin-based NRCC opened a satellite campus dedicated to science and technology studies in a former movie theatre inside the New River Valley Mall. About 1,500 students attend classes there, college officials have said. The location also provides study space and computer labs to its students.
About 500 NRCC students and a number of administrators and staff were thought to have been at the mall campus Friday, college officials have said.
A gunman entered the mall campus Friday and shot and injured two women there. Police arrested MacInnis and charged him with two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
The victims of Friday’s shooting were transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. Carilion spokesman Eric Earnhart said Saturday that he had no information to release about Taylor Sharpe or Kristina Bousserghine.
According to MacInnis’ online profiles on his NRCC portfolio and at LinkedIn, he worked at Christiansburg’s Old Navy store. His resume, posted on the portfolio page, said he spent the summer of 2012 working in Virginia Tech’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
A manager at Old Navy on Saturday declined to comment on MacInnis. Hincker confirmed that MacInnis spent a summer working in Tech’s admissions office.
In a written statement issued Saturday, New River Community College President Jack Lewis said steps are being taken “to provide all necessary assistance and to pursue the appropriate follow-up measures.”
Lewis said the community college’s crisis management team was involved in a comprehensive meeting Saturday morning with the state secretary of education, the Virginia Community College System chancellor and other officials.
“Let us all hope for a quick and full recovery of those injured and comfort for the emotional pain so many now feel,” Lewis wrote. “My request is that we all support one another in every way possible in the days ahead.”
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