Active shooter at North Carolina high school, police on scene

Erika Holt
November 10, 2018

He said the series of water heaters popping "sounded just like an AR-15 going off".

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.

Our sister station WECT reports the Pender County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding an active shooter around 6:30 a.m. Friday.

Reports said that a malfunctioning heater sparked the reports of an active shooter.

Collins told that popping noises heard at Topsail High School early Friday were from a "malfunctioning water heater".

HAMPSTEAD - Pender County Sheriff's deputies are on the scene of an active shooter call at Topsail High School. Topsail Elementary, Middle, and High schools remain on lockdown. He says deputies did find an HVAC unit that was malfunctioning and making sounds similar to gunshots.

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In a news release, schools spokeswoman Miranda Ferguson wrote that buses were being rerouted.

Numerous law enforcement officials were at the high school Friday morning.

Staff at those three schools are being asked to report to Lowe's Foods as well.

Topsail High School is located in Hampstead, located 20 miles north from Wilmington. All other schools have returned to normal operations.

Students were evacuated without any injuries and buses already on the way to school were diverted to a safe location.

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