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2 women shot at Va. community college inside mall

Clara Keller sat near police officers outside the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg, Va., after the shootings.

Daniel Lin /The Roanoke Times/Associated Press

Clara Keller sat near police officers outside the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg, Va., after the shootings.

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — A man shot and injured two women at a mall branch of a community college in Virginia Friday before he was subdued by police, a city official said.

The suspect was being interviewed by police Friday evening as law enforcement continued to clear the New River Valley Mall, said Christiansburg city spokeswoman Becky Wilburn. The mall in this town of about 21,000 in southwestern Virginia includes a branch campus of New River Community College. Christiansburg is less than 10 miles from Blacksburg, home to Virginia Tech.

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The suspect’s name was not released and a motive for the shootings was not known.

One of the victims was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

The other victim was taken by ambulance for treatment. She was in stable condition Friday afternoon but was transferred to another hospital to get specialized care, said Nancy May, a spokesman for Lewis Gale Hospital at Montgomery.

Student Josh Brown said he was working on a computer near the classrooms when the shots were fired, he told The Roanoke Times.

‘‘I’ll be scared to come back to school,’’ he told the newspaper as he started to cry. ‘‘What’s wrong with people? Who would do something like this?’’

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