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Two found with gun at site of Cumberland school shooting

Posted October 26, 2011

— Two days after a Cape Fear High School student was shot at school, Cumberland County deputies arrested two Fayetteville men Wednesday morning after finding a handgun in a car on the school's campus.

Deputies became suspicious after noticing a multi-colored Honda hatchback in the school's rear parking lot, and a search of the car turned up the gun in the glovebox, authorities said.

Canaan Maliek Wynder, 19, of Cedar Creek Road, and Tristen Gibbs, 18, of 126 Bladen Circle, were charged with possession of a firearm on school property. Both are graduates of Cape Fear High, and Wynder told deputies that he was dropping his girlfriend off at school.

The campus wasn't locked down, and no one was in danger because of the incident, authorities said.

Wynder and Gibbs were questioned by federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents, authorities said.

On Monday, Catilyn Abercrombie, 15, was shot in the neck as she stood in a breezeway outside the school cafeteria.

She underwent surgery Monday night, but her condition worsened Tuesday. She was placed on a ventilator to help her breathe, and at last check, she was listed in critical condition but has been moved from Cape Fear Valley Medical Center to an undisclosed location.

Students and other supporters planned a walk in Abercrombie's honor at 7 p.m. Wednesday, starting at the library across from Cape Fear High down to nearby Mac Williams Middle School and back. A prayer circle was to follow the walk.

Two other Cape Fear High students were arrested Monday night and charged in the shooting.

A 15-year-old is charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He was in custody in the Cumberland County Juvenile Detention Center. He will face a juvenile court hearing sometime in the next week, but no decision has been made on whether to try him as an adult.

Ta'Von McLaurin, 18, of 1408 Rhone St. in Fayetteville, is charged with felonious aiding and abetting. He made his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon and is being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $280,000 secured bond.

Authorities have said that they don't think Abercrombie was the intended target, but investigators haven't yet determined the motive for the shooting.

Tristen Gibbs, Cape Fear High gun Authorities say gun, shooting at Cape Fear High unrelated

School security video showed two students carrying a .22-caliber rifle into Cape Fear High, authorities said. The students were either in the hallway with the door open or outside the breezeway where Abercrombie was walking.

Although Daisy, the manufacturer of the rifle, also makes pellet guns, authorities said the weapon investigators found at the school was a traditional rifle.

Security at Cape Fear High was beefed up Tuesday and Wednesday to calm jittery parents and students. All students were required to pass through metal detectors to get into school.

About one-third of the students at Cape Fear High and about 10 percent of the students at Mac Williams Middle were out of class Tuesday as fearful parents kept them at home.

Cape Fear High reported 28 violent acts at school during the 2009-10 school year, the most recent year for which statistics are available. The rate of two violent acts per 100 students is average for Cumberland County schools.


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  • TheBigLC Oct 27, 2011

    "Ban all fire arms" the only solution thats going to solve the problem. People who wants to use join the army.
    hurry6" You mean like the Fort Hood shooter? Yea right. How delusional can a person be?

  • duster 340 Oct 27, 2011

    Hey why don't we ban the car the gun was in ? What a JOKE some of these post are .

  • Greyhound_Girl Oct 27, 2011

    hurry65 - even if guns are banned, criminals will have guns. There will be a "black market" for them.

  • sunshine1040 Oct 27, 2011

    why do your censors let the same comment get posted multiple times is it because you agree with the comment

  • sunshine1040 Oct 27, 2011

    Guns did not come to school alone and they did not point and click by themselves. At one time in rural areas there were gun racks in many of the trucks on school property. most students did not regularly drive to school unless they had a job or planned on going hunting for game immediataly after school with parents permission. they were taught that guns should never be pointed at a human target except to protect another persons life.
    who taught them this their parents grandparents and other family members. it is once again time for parents to start teaching their children and if you have a child you do not feel cannot handle a gun safely you do not keep them where a child of any age can get them

  • albertleon7 Oct 27, 2011

    hurry 65, ban all guns so the criminals can be the only ones who are armed. right...

  • Th3 Postm4n Oct 27, 2011

    hurry65... I would not want to work with you. I can't imagine the "only solution" you would come up with in a work environment. Use your brain, telling people they can't own firearms will not get rid of them. You must think everyone is a pacifist like yourself.

  • hurry65 Oct 27, 2011

    " Ban all fire arms" the only solution thats going to solve the problem. People who wants to use join the army.

  • ConcernedNCC Oct 27, 2011

    It says nothing of them being under age to have a handgun.

  • josephlawrence43 Oct 26, 2011

    Know I'll get shouted down and called all manner of crazy names--but perhaps its time to seriously visit the idea of arming teachers--and before you have a fit--I'm not talking about every teacher in the school being strapped. Selected teachers would go through law enforcement fire arms training;; the weapons would be stashed in secret locations-available only to those who have been trained. There is a national dialogue picking up steam on this subject. So go ahead and holler--then tell me how otherwise we can protect our students and teachers..