- (Photo: 4chan/Neil A. MacInnis screen shot)
A mall shooting in Virginia was announced in advance by the shooter on message board 4chan.
Neil A. MacInnis, 18, posted the message on the website just minutes before he started shooting in an horrific attack at the New River Valley Mall.
The message by the community college student was later taken down but a screenshot of the terrifying message was taken and has now gone viral on the Internet.
MacInnis seemingly carried out the shooting for no other reason than to get publicity; he announced that he wanted to send a warning about the mall shooting in advance because he didn't want the media to get the information and facts about him wrong.
The message by the mall shooter, posted on 4chan, read: "My name is neil Macinnis and I go to new river community college in Christiansburg Virgina. 10 minutes away from Virginia tech. I'm gonna give y'all the details because the news never gets it right. Stevens 320 shotgun. Buck shots and slugs."
The shooter also posted a link to an audio feed of the crime.
He posted: "Wanna listen? Www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/9365/?rl=rr. If tha doesn't work search New river valley public safety."
He then goes in to ask 4chan users to wish him luck in his attack: "I'm a bit nervous because I've never really handled a shotgun but a few times with the Christiansburg police. Anyways this is not a highscores game but actually a lesson (that's why I'm at school). Wanna see my eportfolio/what I look like? Www.nrccstudents.org/macinnisn/ Make sure there is a slash at end. Also pic related I'm here at school writing this. Wish me luck. An heroing [suicide — Ed.] is not necessary unless I get fucked out the ass. It's pretty busy."
Some members responded to MacInnis's post by asking him to post a photo of himself and his address.
Just three minutes after the post was submitted, police received a 911 emergency call reporting a man with a gun at the mall in Christianburg, according to Gawker.
MacInnis managed to shoot two women during his mall attack, and both victims were rushed to the hospital for medical treatment.
MacInnis eventually was confronted by a security guard at the mall, and immediately surrendered.
Here is a video news report in the aftermath of the Virginia mall shooting: