Two wounded in mall shooting

A man has shot and wounded two women in a US shopping mall before being subdued by police.

The suspected gunman was being interviewed by police on Friday as officers continued to clear the mall in southwestern Virginia, said city spokeswoman Becky Wilburn.

The suspect’s name was not immediately released and a motive for the shootings – which happened at a community college branch in the mall – was not known.

One of the victims was airlifted to hospital, but spokesman Eric Earnhart could not provide additional information on her identity or condition.

The other victim was taken by ambulance for treatment. She was in stable condition on Friday afternoon but was transferred to another hospital to get specialised care, said spokeswoman Nancy May.

The shooting happened at the New River Community College branch in the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg, a town of approximately 21,000. Student Josh Brown said he was working on a computer near the classrooms when the shots were fired.

“I heard one gunshot, and I didn’t know what it was… I saw people running out,” he told The Roanoke Times.

Brown then got up and ran out himself. Wilburn said emergency officials received an emergency call about 2pm local time about someone with a gun and shots fired at the college’s satellite location in the mall outside of Blacksburg.

Authorities did not believe there’s any continuing threat to the community, Wilburn said.

The community college was closed Friday following the shooting and Saturday classes were cancelled, according to its website.

Schools in the local county were briefly locked down as a precaution.

AP

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