Police Responding to Reports of Active Shooter at North Carolina High School

Active shooter at North Carolina high school, police on scene: reports

Active shooter at North Carolina high school, police on scene: reports

County official says reports of active shooter at school in North Carolina turn out to be malfunctioning water heater.

Reports of an active shooter came in around 6:30 a.m.

The sheriff's spokesman said law enforcement officers were still searching the campus as a precaution but preliminary reports indicate that it was faulty equipment.

The situation was unfolding at Topsail High School in the unincorporated town of Hampstead, North Carolina, reported WECT, a television station in Wilmington.

Capt. James Rowell told WECT there are no reported injuries as of 7 a.m.

Deputies did find an HVAC unit that was malfunctioning and making sounds similar to gunshots.

The Topsail High School campus is shut down, with all access roads barricaded by law enforcement.

WECT TV reported that a local commission said no active shooter has been identified. Parents should not bring students to these schools, according to Miranda Ferguson, Pender County schools spokesperson.

Topsail High School, Topsail Middle School, and Topsail Elementary School were all put on lockdown. Students that were already on buses were transported to the Lowes Foods across from the school.

The school district also said that buses for South Topsail, North Topsail and Surf City Schools were being routed to their respective school campuses, where students were to remain on lockdown on buses.

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