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North Carolina Girl Shot at School

David McAlpine |
October 24, 2011 | 5:41 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

A high school student was shot in the neck at a North Carolina high school Monday during an outdoor lunch break, prompting the lockdown of the campus and a region-wide search for suspects and a gun.

Police are still looking around Fayetteville, North Carolina for clues as to who pulled the trigger that put 15 year-old Catilyn Abercrombie in the hospital.

The Associated Press reported:

Police are investigating several possibilities concerning how the shooting might have happened [sheriff’s office spokeswoman Debbie] Tanna said, including the chance that it might have been an accident. The area is popular with hunters, and hunting season is under way.

“There is nothing in stone as to what happened today,” she said.

A police officer assigned to the school was standing near Abercrombie when she was shot at about 1 p.m. and immediately called 911, Tanna said.

Abercrombie came out of surgery in fair condition and family members said she could nod and shake her head.

According to Reuters, all after-school activities on the high school campus and a nearby middle school were canceled for the remainder of the day. School is scheduled to resume as usual on Tuesday.

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