Two high school students were in custody on Tuesday as suspects in the previous day's shooting of a 15-year-old classmate at Cape Fear High School in North Carolina.
Police identified the suspects -- Ta'Von McLaurin, 18, and a 15-year-old whose name was not released because he is a minor -- by reviewing surveillance video from the school. McLaurin was charged with felony aiding and abetting, and the 15-year-old was charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
Their victim, Catilyn Abercrombie, 15, suffered a very serious wound to the neck but was upgraded from critical to fair condition Monday afternoon, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office. She had surgery to remove a bullet fragment from her neck, and she was able to nod and shake her head when police officers asked her questions.
I didn't see a weapon. I did not see a gunman, Shane Faircloth, a student at Cape Fear High School, told ABC News. I just heard the popping, and I saw her drop and holding her neck. You could see the blood pouring out.
School officials told NBC that the two students charged with shooting Abercrombie had some minor infractions on their records, but no warning signs of violence.
This is probably one of the strangest shootings we've come across, Debbie Tanna, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, told Fort Bragg Patch.
The police are investigating whether the shooters targeted Abercrombie or whether she was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. They have also recovered the weapon used in the shooting, a .22 Daisy rifle, and shell casings.
One parent told WRAL News that according to his daughter, there was gang activity at the school, but school officials did not confirm that.