Fayetteville, N.C. — A 15-year-old girl who was shot in the neck last Monday remains in critical condition but is slowly improving after surgery on her esophagus.
A bullet from a .22-caliber rifle remains lodged in the neck of Catilyn Abercrombie, but she is now able to respond to her family and doctors, Cumberland County Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said
Abercrombie was shot as she stood in a breezeway outside the cafeteria at Cape Fear High School near Fayetteville.
Two other Cape Fear students – Charles Underwood, 15, and Ta'Von McLaurin, 18 – are charged in the shooting, but investigators haven't commented on a motive.
They have said they don't believe Abercrombie was the target.
"We do have a theory about what happened, but we don't want to release any information about it," Tanna said. "We want to have the whole investigation completed before we release a reason as to why this happened."
Meanwhile, the high school has planned a barbecue plate benefit for Nov. 5, beginning at 11 a.m., at the school.
Plates are $7 each, and all proceeds will go to Abercrombie and her family.