Suspect arrested in NC in connection with fatal Danville mall shooting

18-year-old Christian Isaiah Pinckney (Danville Police Department)

DANVILLE, Va.UPDATE - 10:20 a.m. Tuesday

The suspect wanted in connection with a fatal mall shooting in Danville was arrested without incident in Burlington, North Carolina Tuesday morning (Nov. 1), according to the Danville Police Department.

Authorities told 10 News that 18-year-old Christian Isaiah Pinckney will be held in the Alamance County Jail in North Carolina until he is extradited back to the Commonwealth of Virginia to face the charges against him.

Pinckney has been charged with the following:

  • 2nd degree murder
  • Maliciously discharge a firearm within a public building
  • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony
  • Possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony

The following law enforcement agencies assisted in the arrest:

  • Danville Police Department
  • North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation
  • Greensboro (NC) Police Department
  • Eden (NC) Police Department, Burlington (NC) Police Department
  • Virginia State Police
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)

“This joint effort encompassed hours of analytical research, covert surveillance, the deployment of electronic techniques, and leads provided by the community to bring Mr. Pinkney to justice,” the Danville Police Department said.

UPDATE - 2:45 a.m. Sunday

Danville police have identified the suspect and victim in the deadly shooting at the Danville Mall.

Police say the suspect is 18-year-old Christian Isaiah Pinckney. They add he should be considered armed and dangerous.

The victim has been identified as 26-year-old Tyshais King.


One person was killed in a shooting at the Danville Mall Saturday evening, according to Police.

It happened inside Hibbett Sports around 7:15 p.m. when authorities say a man pulled a gun and shot the victim, who was a customer in the store.

The suspect ran on foot from the scene.

Medics rushed the victim to the hospital with life-threatening injuries where they later died.

Police provided two photos of the suspect they’re searching for:

Danville police search for suspect in mall shooting-1 (Courtesy: Danville PD) (Copyright 2022 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)
Danville police search for suspect in mall shooting-2 (Courtesy: Danville PD) (Copyright 2022 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

“This appears to be an isolated incident, and there is no public safety concern at this time,” said Danville police in a press release Saturday evening. “To ensure the safety of mall patrons, the DPD searched store by store and released patrons upon completion of the search.”

Anyone who has information on the shooting incident is asked to please contact the Danville Police Department through any platform. The platforms include calling patrol at 799-6510, investigations at 799-6508, calling 911, contacting Crime stoppers at 434-793-0000, approach any officer you see, through social media, via email, or use our crime tips app CARE at Information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case will be eligible for a cash reward.

About the Authors:

McKinley Strother joined the WSLS 10 News team in June 2020. He anchors 10 News at 6 and 11 on Saturdays and Sundays and you'll also catch him reporting during the week.