FAYETTEVILLE – Two people were taken into custody for their role in Monday's shooting at Cape Fear High School.
The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said 18-year-old Ta'Von McLaurin and a 15-year-old juvenile are both students at Cape Fear High. Investigators recovered the weapon believed to have been used and a shell casing. Both were found on the school campus.
Fifteen-year-old Catilyn Abercrombie was shot during the last lunch period at Cape Fear High School around 1 p.m. Abercrombie was standing next to a school resource officer when she was shot in the neck outside the cafeteria with what appeared to be a small caliber bullet.
Abercrombie was in stable condition after surgery at Cape Fear Medical Center Monday afternoon.
Charges are pending. Right now, investigators are not sure if the victim was targeted.
Meanwhile, students recall the horrific shooting scene.
"We were outside of the lunchroom, heard a loud bang and she fell. I didn't think she got hit thought. I thought she got scared because of how she was moving around but then I saw the blood and it got scary from there,” said student Shane Faircloth.
Moments after the shooting, parents were alerted by their children that the school was on lock-down for hours. Parents waited and worried.
"She said 'Mommy, we're locked in the closet. There's 30 to 45 children locked in the closet and we have to use the bathroom. Everyone's in here crying. We're scared,'" said parent Mariel Swanson.
"My first response was to get here quick, not knowing anything but just wanting to be close by to get any word,” said parent Sandra Boller.
The talk outside the school Monday from parents was that many of their children had been concerned about a possible shooting for weeks. They say there was a lot of talk of gang activity.
"My daughter for the past there weeks, both my daughters, have been saying 'Mommy, they have these gangs at the school.' They haven't been wanting to go to the football games nothing because they're scared of these gangs,” said Swanson.
"From my understanding there's been a couple of fights last week. They said it was gang related. Parents called and asked about it. They said they're not letting them know nothing about it. It's all over Facebook. They said it was going to happen again. They said it was going to happen today and it happened," said Tammy Bullard, a relative of a student at the school.
Hours later after students left the building, students confirmed the rumors of a shooting.
"A couple weeks ago there was gang fights,” said Faircloth. “One Friday, they had us on code yellow locked down. Next week, it's like it never happened and everything went back to normal, regular schedule classes, everything. It's like there was nothing really done about it."
Faircloth says he does not want to attend school in the coming days because he is fearful there will be some sort of retaliation. Many parents say they will not be sending their kids to school and are praying for this to all be over.
"This is a praying time. Everyone needs to fall on their face and pray to God for the safety of our children,” said Swanson. “Not just here, but everywhere."
School Superintendent Dr. Frank Till says school is on schedule for Tuesday.
Watch the entire news conference below:
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