Saturday, 17 November, 2018

'Faulty mechanical equipment' to blame for active shooter reports at Topsail High

The Topsail High School campus in Hampstead is shut down and all other schools in eastern Pender County are on lockdown Active shooter at North Carolina high school, police on scene: reports
Faye Gross | 09 November, 2018, 18:13

Pender County Sheriff's Office said officers are on the scene to investigate "reports of an active shooter" at Topsail High School in the town of Hampstead.

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

Parents and students are gathering at a Lowe's Foods across the street, WECT reports.

All Pender County schools in the eastern part of the county are on lockdown.

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

Officials have confirmed the "active shooter" was, in fact, malfunctioning equipment.

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The Pender County Sheriff's Office says the report of an active shooter at Topsail High School this morning turned out to be a malfunctioning gas hot water heater. Topsail Elementary, Middle, and High schools remain on lockdown.

Live footage shows numerous law enforcement agencies now at the school where the scene remains active.

In May, an 18-year-old student was found in the school's parking lot with a large knife strapped to his leg and three other knives.

The school is located near the coast in Hampstead, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Wilmington.

Pender County Sheriff's Department could not give details of the shooting on Friday morning but a spokesman told DailyMail.com it was an active scene.

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