North Carolina officials say no active shooter, was malfunctioning water heater

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 9, 2018

County official says reports of active shooter at school in North Carolina turn out to be malfunctioning water heater.

However, after police investigated the scene, they determined there was no active shooter and that the noises heard inside the school were from a water heater that was loudly malfunctioning.

Law enforcement is responding to reports of an active shooter at Topsail High School.

"What I'm hearing is that it's a false alarm". Police were seen on the roof of the school shortly after the first reports emerged. "In this climate, you have to take it seriously", Brown said.

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The Pender County Sheriff's Office is expected to hold a press conference sometime Friday morning.

Capt. James Rowell told WECT there are no reported injuries as of 7 a.m. The school is located in Hampstead in Pender County. The school district asked staff from Topsail elementary, middle and high schools to meet at the grocery store.

Authorities were alerted around 6:30 a.m., according to ABC11, The News & Observer's media partner.

The Topsail High School campus in Hampstead is shut down, and all other schools in eastern Pender County are on lockdown.

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