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New River Valley Mall reopens, NRCC cancels classes thru Tuesday

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7:53 p.m.

New River Community College classes at all locations will be cancelled on Monday and Tuesday, April 15-16.  Offices will remain open.

Counseling services will available Sunday, April 14, at NRCC in Dublin from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., and at both Dublin and the college's New River Valley Mall site on Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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6:21 p.m.

"Being from this area it is shocking," says Joanna Blevins. 

Less than 24 hours after two women were shot, the New River Valley Mall was back open.  Crime scene tape waves at the entrance to New River Community College, where police say Neil MacInnis allegedly shot two women. Walking into the mall, Joanna Blevins is still shaken. 

"Uneasy, nervous. It is different this isn't something you would expect here, not in Christiansburg," says Blevins. 

Many say things were a little more quiet than usual, but you could still hear many folks talking about what they saw on the news. Lindsey Vaughan is a student at the college, and says she heard everything. 

"I was terrified, I was shaking really bad and then I started crying," says Vaughan. 

Like so many people, she was escorted out to safety by police Friday afternoon. On Saturday she was able to briefly go back inside to grab her personal belongings. However she says she wasn't scared, and credits that to how quickly police reacted.

"I am really happy the police and rescue squad responded as quickly as they did .. I only know of two people that got hurt, if they wouldn't have come, we do not know how many shells he had or if he could have hurt more people," says

Blevins says it will take time before walking through this mall will feel normal. 

"I will probably be looking around as I go in there, wondering if anybody is in there with anything. But the probability is pretty slim, it is just getting over the shock of everything," says Blevins.

 

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