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NRV mall security chief talks about shooting

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New River Valley Mall security director James Gorman was off-duty this past Friday, but is credited by police with stopping suspected shooter Neil MacInnis.

"I didn't have a weapon I had a t-shirt and a pair of jeans on and a ball cap and I was hollering at him," said Gorman.

He says while driving on Route 460, he got a call from one of his guards about the shooting and drove to the scene with his wife next to him.

Gorman says when he drove up to the scene and saw MacInnis carrying a gun. He said after giving him several commands, the 18-year-old dropped his weapon and surrendered.

"I just yelled put down the weapon then he started complying, then I yelled get down and he got down," said Gorman.

After Macinnis was arrested, Gorman then turned his attention to one of the victims. He helped with first aid until an ambulance arrived.

"Saw a victim behind the door, she had the door cracked, and I brought her out, assisted her."

We asked if he would do the same thing over again if he had the chance.

"I don't know. You have to be there and see what happens then. Sometimes you do things you should do at just then. I don't know, if one of my officers had done it, I would have probably been very upset. But the outcome was could so you couldn't be too upset with them."

But despite his feelings, even off-duty, Gorman was clearly committed to his job.

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