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DA: Police investigating Fayetteville State student who was shot

Posted September 30, 2019 5:48 p.m. EDT

— Two men remain in the Cumberland County jail in connection with a recent shooting at Fayetteville State University, but police are also looking at possible charges against the shooting victim.

Levonte Carter, 20, of Fayetteville, was shot nine times on Sept. 16 and remains at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Codondrea Purdie, 24, and Rayshawn Vredenburg, 18, both of Raleigh, have been charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and discharging a firearm on education grounds, among other charges.

Investigators have said the shooting resulted from a drug deal gone bad.

Carter, who played football at Fayetteville State last year, called 911 after the shooting and was rushed to Cape Fear Valley.

Purdie has said that Carter set up a drug deal and that Purdie was robbed of $6,000. He said he later caught up with Carter on the Fayetteville State campus.

Carter got out of his car with an AR-type assault weapon, Purdie said, and he pulled a gun from his waist. The two men struggled before Purdie's gun went off and wounded Carter, he said.

Vrendenburg then fired several more shots at Carter, Purdie said.

Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West said Monday that, while Carter is the shooting victim, he may also face charges.

"This is a unique situation where charges against Mr. Carter, those are under investigation currently," West said. "That is a part of the investigation, to see if there was any criminal violation on Mr. Carter's part."

West expressed disappointment that the location of the shooting has led to bad headlines for Fayetteville State.

"It could of happened anywhere," he said. "It's kind of unfortunate that, when something like this happens, it casts the university in a negative light."

Purdie and Vrendenburg are being held under $1 million bonds.

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