Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Heater malfunction mistaken for gunfire at N.C. high school

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
Kenny Thornton | 09 November, 2018, 16:59

Police responded Friday morning to reports of an active shooter at Topsail High School in eastern North Carolina, but officials later determined a faulty water heater was to blame for the scare, according to local reports.

No injuries were reported and there is no evidence of an active shooter.

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. It was reported a piece of equipment had been malfunctioning over recent days which made a sound like gun fire.

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

All of the schools in the district have been placed in lock down.

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One of them had been condemned and, with its windows boarded up, was well-secured and in theory unoccupied, officials said . The neighbourhood is home to many buildings in a similarly poor condition, some of them run by slum landlords.

The television station also reported that students are being diverted away from the campus and being sent to a nearby Lowe's Foods grocery store while law enforcement officers investigate the report.

But WECT News reported that there may have been some students on campus when the incident was reported around 7 a.m. The earlier report of shots fired provoked a massive response by law enforcement and caused the school district to reroute buses and put schools on lockdown.

Authorities said he claimed to have brought the gun to school because he planned to stop a rumored school shooter.

Topsail High School is about 105 miles southeast of Raleigh.

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