Sunday, 17 February, 2019

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

The Topsail High School campus in Hampstead is shut down and all other schools in eastern Pender County are on lockdown Police Responding to Reports of Active Shooter at North Carolina High School
Melinda Barton | 09 November, 2018, 16:58

Law enforcement authorities in Pender County were called to Topsail High School in Pender County on a report of an active shooter on campus but a spokesman for the Pender County Sheriff's Office said it appears that noise from a malfunctioning heating and ventilation equipment was mistaken for gunfire.

The county school system notified parents of a reported active shooter in a tweet. Police were seen on the roof of the school shortly after the first reports emerged.

There were no injuries as of 7:03 a.m., Pender County Sheriff's Capt. James Rowell told WWAY.

"There's no active shooter", said Pender County Emergency Management Director Tom Collins, reported the StarNews in Wilmington.

Live footage shows numerous law enforcement agencies now at the school where the scene remains active. It was reported a piece of equipment had been malfunctioning over recent days which made a sound like gun fire.

Pender County schools said via Twitter early Friday that all campuses on the eastern side of the county are on lockdown.

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.

All of the schools in the district have been placed in lock down. According to its website, school begins at 8:30 a.m.

Parents and students have been told to meet at a food store across from the school.

Topsail High School is about 105 miles southeast of Raleigh.