Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Reports of active shooter turn out to be malfunctioning water heater

Sheriff: Reports of active shooter at Topsail High School Sheriff: Reports of active shooter at Topsail High School in North Carolina
Steven Clarke | 09 November, 2018, 15:59

A report of an active shooter at Topsail High School sparked law enforcement response Friday morning.

However, after police investigated the scene, they determined there was no active shooter and that the noises heard inside the school were from a water heater that was loudly malfunctioning.

Rowell said deputies swept the school but found no evidence that any shots had been fired.

However Commissioner George Brown told WECT there is a malfunctioning piece of equipment at the school that sounds like gunfire when it makes a noise.

"We think it's going to be related to that faulty mechanical equipment", Rowell said.

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Pender County Schools said in a statement, "There has been a reported active shooter situation at Topsail high School".

WRAL reports there was a heavy law enforcement presence at the school, which is located at 245 N. Saint Johns Church Road in Hampstead, when the reports of an active shooter first surfaced.

Topsail High, Topsail Middle, and Topsail Elementary remain on lockdown.

According to the school website, school begins at 8:30 a.m.

The Topsail High School campus in Hampstead is shut down, and all other schools in eastern Pender County are on lockdown. It has around 1,300 students enrolled. A 16-year-old boy who authorities say armed himself with a semi-automatic rifle after hearing about that potential attack also was arrested.

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