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Uncle: Family of suspect in Virginia shootings stunned

The Associated Press

The family of a man charged with wounding two women in a community college shooting in southwest Virginia is stunned and worried about the school’s students and faculty, the suspect’s uncle said on Sunday.

“It’s a very difficult situation,” Stewart MacInnis said.

Police arrested MacInnis’ nephew, 18-year-old Neil Allan MacInnis, minutes after the shootings on Friday at a satellite campus of New River Community College in a mall in Christiansburg. MacInnis was being held on Sunday at the Montgomery County Jail.

“We’re just absolutely stunned, devastated,” Stewart MacInnis said. “We are concerned about the victims and the families. We wish them the best. This is a tough situation for them. They deserve to get well quickly and completely.”

He also showed concern for bystanders.

“This has impacted them greatly as well, and our thoughts are with them as well. For the students, we just hope that they continue their studies. It’s a barrier that I hope they can get over and continue,” said Stewart MacInnis, director of media relations at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington.

Investigators said on Friday that they don’t know what motivated the shootings. Authorities have not said what type of weapon was used or how it was obtained.

A Christiansburg spokeswoman, Becky Wilburn, wrote in an email on Sunday that the victims’ names won’t be released to protect their privacy. She also said authorities do not plan to provide further information on their conditions.

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