Active shooter at North Carolina high school, police on scene

Active shooter at North Carolina high school, police on scene

A county official says reports of an active shooter at a school in North Carolina turned out to be malfunctioning water heater.

WTVD reports the call came in at about 6:30 a.m. Friday morning. Police were seen on the roof of the school shortly after the first reports emerged.

Pender County Sheriff's Office said officers are on the scene to investigate "reports of an active shooter" at Topsail High School in the town of Hampstead.

The commissioner, identified as George Brown, said the noise that sounded like gunfire may have been a piece of equipment at the school that has been malfunctioning in recent days. Topsail Elementary, Middle, and High schools remain on lockdown.

An emergency dispatcher with the Pender County Sheriff's Office tells TIME that multiple units are on scene at the school as of 7 a.m. Friday.

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

Parents and students are gathering at a Lowe's Foods across the street, WECT reports.

Buses already on route to South Topsail Elementary, North Topsail Elementary, and Surf City Schools will deliver students to those schools, which are lockdown.

The Topsail High School campus is shut down, with all access roads barricaded by law enforcement.

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

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