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Search warrants were quickly issued for Neil MacInnis’ home and the car he drove to the mall.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
At 4:35 p.m. on Friday, less than three hours after shots rang out at New River Community College’s satellite facility, police applied for a warrant to search the family home of suspect Neil MacInnis.
Officers seized about 60 items from the home on Florence Drive in Christiansburg, ranging from gun store receipts to personal letters and pictures, according to a search warrant inventory return filed Monday afternoon in Montgomery County Circuit Court.
MacInnis, 18, was taken into custody Friday and charged as the suspect in the incident. Police say they also took into evidence a Stevens 12-gauge pump shotgun after nine shots were fired inside the college’s New River Valley Mall location. MacInnis was arraigned Monday on two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony after two women – Taylor Sharpe and Kristina Bousserghine – were injured in the shootings.
The shotgun used in the incident was legally purchased two days before the shooting from a licensed firearms dealer in the New River Valley, police have said. According to the search warrant, authorities seized a plastic bag containing a receipt from a gun shop, dated April 10 at 11:11 a.m. Police also seized another gun shop receipt from the same day, with a time stamp of 2:38 p.m., according to the warrant.
Wilburn has said that nine spent shell casings – from bird shot, buck shot and slugs – have been recovered from inside the community college.
Additional ammunition was found at MacInnis’ house, where he lived with his parents, according to the warrant. Police seized one Federal Top Gun shotgun shell and 10 Winchester buckshot shells, along with an empty 15-round value pack of Remington lead slugs, two empty boxes that each held five Remington lead slugs, a Savage Arms Stevens model 320 pump shotgun manual and a shooting target with “Neil MacInnis” written on the upper right corner, according to the warrant.
Officers also took notebook papers with drawings and miscellaneous notes, several memory cards and external hard drives, multiple disposable cameras and film rolls, personal letters and photographs, computers and cellphones, among other items.
MacInnis drove a white 2002 Honda Civic registered to his parents to the mall before the shooting, according to another search warrant filed Monday morning.
That warrant states that police seized a Stevens model 320 12-gauge shotgun, a Walmart receipt listing the purchase of shotgun ammunition on April 12, a box of Federal 12-gauge ammunition containing 18 rounds, a box of Remington 12-gauge slug ammunition containing five rounds, an ATM receipt from April 12 for $300, a laptop, an iPhone, and a Stevens shotgun box, among other items, including an “encounter date record” from Carilion Clinic.
That warrant was for searching the Honda Civic. It is unclear if all of those items were found in the car or if some of those items were found on MacInnis at the time of his arrest.
Both female victims of the shooting were listed in stable condition over the weekend. Though Christiansburg police spokeswoman Becky Wilburn has said police will not release any additional information on the victims’ conditions, community college Vice President Mark Rowh said Monday that he’s heard the women are continuing to do well in the hospital.
Neither woman appears to have been specifically targeted, but rather happened to be in the lobby area of the college when the gunman entered the building, Wilburn has said.
MacInnis is being held at Western Virginia Regional Jail, according to online records. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 18.
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