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Teen accused of shooting Cape Fear High classmate in court

Posted October 27, 2011

— A 15-year-old boy made his first appearance in juvenile court Thursday, three days after he allegedly shot a student at Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville.

Charles Underwood Jr. is charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the shooting of Catilyn Abercrombie, who investigators say was shot in the neck in a school breezeway.

Ta'Von McLaurin, 18, also a Cape Fear High student, is charged with aiding and abetting. He was in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $280,000 secured bond.

Underwood's family had no comment after Thursday's court appearance, but his attorney, Bernard Condlin, said the family is "deeply upset and very concerned" about Abercrombie.

She was being treated at an undisclosed location Thursday and was listed in critical condition.

It remains unclear how McLaurin and Underwood know each other, or whether they knew Abercrombie.

Authorities say they believe that she was not the intended target but have not cited a possible motive for the shooting.

"I have officially been on the case for about 24 hours and have tried to do as much as I can to find everything out," Condlin said. "I'm confident that, based upon a thorough investigation by myself and my staff, there's more to this story than appears on face value."

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  • voice your opinion Oct 28, 2:20 p.m.

    Let me just start off by saying I'm praying for Catilyn and I hope the shooter rots in jail.

    But how can we (society) say we aren't failing our children when a story title can't even be printed with correct grammer: "Teen accused of shooting Cape Fear High classmate in court". This implies the shooting took place in court. Stupid editorial mistake but they're made all the time. So someone isn't doing their job or we have a bunch of uneducated people in the news industry. The title should read "Teen accused of shooting Cape Fear High classmate". Or "In court, teen accused of shooting Cape Fear High classmate".

    I know in the big scheme of things the title of this story being incorrect isn't a big deal but as a society, we should be concerned.

  • airbornemonty Oct 28, 12:25 p.m.

    Whether the girl was the intended target or not doesn't matter to me. what matters is that these lame brain wannabe tough guys had the nerve to bring a weapon into the school grounds.

    I just hope that the district attorney has the gumption to pursue maximum charges which they so richly deserve.

    I'm concerned about the little girl's health and hope that she gets well, she deserves that much.

  • heavy machinary Oct 28, 12:25 p.m.

    "Can volunteer to mentor youth."

    another case of no daddy being around and some expect society to be blamed for that

  • aquamarine46 Oct 28, 12:24 p.m.

    Westernwake1 - If that is what it takes, then so be it!!!

  • gphotohound2 Oct 28, 12:07 p.m.

    I agree the gun should not have been on school grounds but first degree murder is a far reach . this means that there was preplanning of the crime and he was after her and no one other than her . the police are not sure that is the case .

  • anne53ozzy Oct 28, 11:59 a.m.

    Cannot volunteer to be on a jury, per comment. Can volunteer to mentor youth.

  • billysbrattygirl Oct 28, 11:54 a.m.

    YOU KNOW IT DOESNT MATTER WHAT HER PIC LOOKS LIKE SHE IS A 15 YEAR GIRL THAT WAS SHOT AT A PLACE WHERE SHE WAS SUPPOSE TO BE SAFE.ONE LIFE WAS RUINED AND THE OTHER MADE HIS CHOICE, PEOPLE NEED TO QUIT TRYING TO BLAME EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY AND PUT THE BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS

  • all4him Oct 28, 11:45 a.m.

    I'm sorry, but why are we bickering about a picture of the girl???? I mean if you look at any picture of MANY teens now days... they look very much like this picture! WHO CARES???? This girl is laying in a hospital somewhere fighting for her life! Get a life and stop trying to find something to nit-pick about or complain about and start praying for this girl, her family and all involved in this tragedy!

  • NoWayyyyy Oct 28, 11:44 a.m.

    here is where you can go to see the 15 year old....http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/video?id=8408368

  • heavy machinary Oct 28, 11:41 a.m.

    dang shame people cant volunteer to be on the jury

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