Published: Fri, November 09, 2018

Active shooter reports at high school in North Carolina deemed false alarm

Active shooter reports at high school in North Carolina deemed false alarm

County commissioners told WECT-TV that the active shooter situation at Topsail High School may have been a malfunctioning water heater.

The television station also reported that students are being diverted away from the campus and being sent to a nearby Lowe's Foods grocery store while law enforcement officers investigate the report.

He said deputies did find an HVAC unit that was malfunctioning and making sounds similar to gunshots.

Pender County Emergency Director Tom Collins said he believes a broken water heater caused the noise.

Earlier this morning, a parent told WWAY he received a call from the school district this morning that all schools on the eastern side of the county are on lockdown.


Law enforcement is responding to reports of an active shooter at Topsail High School.

Authorities were alerted around 6:30 a.m., according to ABC11, The News & Observer's media partner.

Two Topsail High School students were arrested in May after allegedly bringing weapons onto campus, including one student who went to school armed with a semi-automatic rifle.

Topsail High School is located near the coast in Hampstead, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Wilmington.

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