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Second man arrested in shooting of Fayetteville State University student

Posted September 19, 2019 6:35 p.m. EDT
Updated September 20, 2019 4:45 p.m. EDT

— A second suspect has been arrested and charged in the shooting of a former football player who currently attends Fayetteville State University and was shot nine times while on campus Monday night.

Rayshawn Vredenburg, 18, of Raleigh, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of stolen goods and discharging a firearm on education grounds, Fayetteville police said in a written statement.

He was taken into custody in Asheboro, and expected to be extradited back back to Cumberland County, according to police.

News of Vredenburg's arrest came on the same day that another suspect was in court to face additional charges in the case.

Codondrea Purdie, 24, of Raleigh, was being held in the Cumberland County jail under $1.1 million bond.

Authorities said the victim, identified as Levonte Carter, 20, of Fayetteville, had been involved in a dispute with Purdie.

Police found Carter suffering from multiple gunshot wounds when they arrived at the scene. He played on the university's football team last year.

Carter, who played football for Pine Forest High School before enrolling at Fayetteville State, called 911 after the shooting and was rushed for treatment to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. He was listed earlier this week in serious condition.

In court Thursday, Purdie was told he now faces four additional charges, including robbery with a dangerous weapon. discharging a firearm on educational property, possession of stolen goods and possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or distribute.

According to court documents, Purdie says the shooting was the result of a drug deal gone bad.

He told investigators Carter set up a drug deal and Purdie was robbed of $6,000. The defendant says he caught up with Carter on FSU's campus.

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

That's when Vrendenberg fired several more shots at Carter, Purdie said.

Purdie's mother was in the courtroom.

Outside, she told reporters her son is being wrongly accused.

"I want justice for the individual that was shot," she said. "And I want the right individual to have the punishment for that -- not my son."

Vredenburg was taken into custody in Asheboro and is expected to be transferred to Cumberland County, according to police.

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