NRV Mall Shooter Sentenced to 38 Years
UPDATE: Christiansburg, VA. - A judge has sentenced the man who shot two people at the New River Valley Mall last year to 38 years.
20 year old Neil MacInnis was sentenced to 68 years total; 30 of those years were suspended
While cameras were not allowed in court for the sentencing, the gallery did get an inside look at the crime that unfolded in the New River Community College satellite campus that day.
The campus is located in the mall.
The video shows a calm and collected Neil MacInnis walk into the lobby, raise a shotgun and pull the trigger.
He would pull the trigger at least four times before realizing the weapon's safety was on.Enough time for most of his intended victims to get away.
"She is lucky she's alive..."
Gerry Sharpe's daughter, Taylor, although wounded in the chest and hand, was able to make it into a closet.For him, the video was tough to watch.
"Especially when you see how close that gun was to Taylor's head. Probably four feet from her. Thank goodness the safety was on. I think that's where the miracle came into play,"said Sharpe. Kristina Bousserghine was next.MacInnis shot her matter of factly in the back -- as she hid behind a chair; playing dead until she got up the nerve to get up and run.Her mother, Carola, wanted more than the 38-year sentence.She also wanted people to know she feels this country, as a whole, is to blame for her daughter's near miss."Kids get shot at school repeatedly. Year after year. Week after week and nothing changes. Guns are more important to the people than the lives of our children. We want everyone to think about that," said Bousserghine outside the courthouse.The Bousserghine's, who came to the US to build a new life in 2007, have decided to move back to France... where they feel safer.
Taylor Sharpe Schuman married two months after the attack and still cannot go back to work as she suffers from significant post traumatic stress and difficulty using a computer due to her injury.
Her hand will never fully work again either.
She too is moving out of the area for the near future.
UPDATE: A judge has sentenced the man who shot two people at the New River Valley Mall last year to 38 years.
19 year old Neil MacInnis pleaded guilty in April, admitting he opened fire at New River Community College's mall campus in April of 2013.
MacInnis was convicted on two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
--------- Christiansburg, VA - The man accused of opening fire at the New River Valley Mall was in court Tuesday morning, where he waived his preliminary hearing.
Neil MacInnis, 19, is charged with two counts of malicious wounding and other firearms charges.
His preliminary hearing is set for 2:30 p.m. in Montgomery County General District Court.
Police say the shooting on April 12 at New River Valley Community College's mall location left two women wounded.
ABC 13 will have a crew in court and will have full story tonight on ABC 13 News.