Friday, 16 November, 2018

Active shooter at Topsail High School may have been malfunctioning water heater

Sheriff: Reports of active shooter at Topsail High School Sheriff: Reports of active shooter at Topsail High School in North Carolina
Jeannette Daniel | 09 November, 2018, 15:58

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.

At 8:30 a.m. Friday morning Pender County Commissioner George Brown confirmed the active shooting reported at Topsail High School earlier this morning was a false alarm.

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

He said deputies did find an HVAC unit that was malfunctioning and making sounds similar to gunshots. The school is located in Hampstead in Pender County. Staff members of those schools were asked to report to the same place.

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It shares a campus with a middle school and an elementary school. Authorities said he claimed to have brought the gun to school because he planned to stop a rumored school shooter.

James Rowell said the crews are still searching the building as a precaution, but they have not found any evidence of an active shooter.

Topsail High School is about 105 miles southeast of Raleigh.

According to local news outlets, this is the second time this year the high school has had reports of a gun-related incident. It has around 1,300 students enrolled.

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