Reports of active shooter turn out to be malfunctioning water heater

Howard TerryNov 10, 2018

Pender County Sheriff's Office said officers responded to "reports of an active shooter" at Topsail High School in the town of Hampstead at around 7am.

"There's no active shooter", Collins said, according to the Wilmington StarNews.

Pender County schools posted on Twitter that all campuses on the eastern side of the county are on lockdown. "Pender County Schools is taking all precautions to ensure the safety of students and staff".

James Rowell, of the Pender County Sheriff's Office, was quoted as saying in local reports that deputies swept the school but found no evidence that any shots had been fired.

Williams said he has heard the sound personally and can understand how someone might hear it and make a report. The students were evacuated, several area schools were put on lockdown, and busses en route were diverted to park safely away from the campus while law enforcement investigated.

America media reported there have been over 300 mass shooting incidents since the start of the year.

Staff at those three schools are being asked to report to Lowe's Foods as well. Authorities said he claimed to have brought the gun to school because he planned to stop a rumored school shooter.

Local TV coverage showed police vehicles blocking the road leading to Topsail High School and a helicopter circling overhead. It has around 1,300 students enrolled. All other schools have returned to normal operations.

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