FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- An 18-year-old high school student was scheduled to appear in a North Carolina courtroom Tuesday in connection with the shooting of a 15-year-old fellow student who was wounded in the neck.
The 18-year-old would be in court in Cumberland County after he and a 15-year-old suspect were apprehended in the Monday shooting of Catilyn Abercrombie, who was standing in a breezeway outside the cafeteria at Cape Fear High School when she was shot. Abercrombie underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition.
Classes were scheduled to operate as usual at the high school and at a nearby middle school. Cumberland County Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler said there would be additional deputies on hand to help students and parents feel confident about their safety.
The 15-year-old suspect will go to juvenile court, although an exact date for the student's appearance wasn't known, sheriff's office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said.
Sheriff Butler said the two teens were caught with the help of surveillance video which showed them carrying the rifle inside the school. The suspects were either in the hallway with the door open or outside the breezeway where Abercrombie was walking.
While the high school has metal detectors, Butler said he didn't know if they were used on a daily basis at the school.
Butler said investigators don't think Abercrombie was the intended target, but no motive had been established.
"Why did they shoot? I don't know," he said.
A police officer assigned to the high school was standing near Abercrombie when she was shot around 1 p.m. and immediately called 911, Tanna said.
The high school and nearby Mac Williams Middle School were locked down for hours before students were allowed to go home.