Two men were arrested Wednesday after a gun was found in their car at a Fayetteville-area high school where a girl was shot in the neck two days earlier, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.
Canaan Maliek Wynder, 19, and Tristen Gibbs, 18, both of Fayetteville, were charged with felony possession of a firearm on school property after being arrested at Cape Fear High School, sheriff's office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said. Wynder is jailed under a $3,000 bond. Gibbs was released from jail on a $2,000 bond.
The two men, both graduates of the school, were found with a handgun in a car parked in a rear lot at the school, according to deputies. It couldn't be immediately determined Wednesday if either has a lawyer yet.
Wynder, who was a passenger in the car, told deputies he was dropping his girlfriend off at school, Tanna said.
The arrests come amid heightened security at the rural campus just outside Fayetteville, two days after Catilyn Abercrombie, 15, was shot in the neck at the school while on a lunch break. Investigators are still probing the Wednesday episode, and haven't said whether they believe the two incidents are related.
Two teenagers were arrested following the shooting of Abercrombie. One, a 15-year-old whose name has not been released because of his age, is charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. The other, Ta'Von McLaurin, 18, is charged with felony aiding and abetting. A call to his public defender was not immediately returned Wednesday.
Abercrombie remains in critical condition and is using a ventilator to breathe, according to Tanna.