Active shooter at Topsail High School may have been malfunctioning water heater

Active shooter at North Carolina high school, police on scene: reports

The county school system notified parents of a reported active shooter in a tweet. The school district asked staff from Topsail elementary, middle and high schools to meet at the grocery store.

"There's no active shooter", Tom Collins, who is the Pender County Emergency Management Director, told the Wilmington Star-News.

Ferguson said there was a report of an active shooter at Topsail High School on Friday morning after noises were heard coming from the top of the building. He says deputies did find an HVAC unit that was malfunctioning and making sounds similar to gunshots.

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"Law enforcement responded immediately and it has been determined there is no shooter and no weapon", Pender County schools said via its Twitter account.

All Pender County schools in the eastern part of the county are on lockdown.

The situation was unfolding at Topsail High School in the unincorporated town of Hampstead, North Carolina, reported WECT, a television station in Wilmington.

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School buses have been corralled at the Lowes Foods parking lot across from the school campus.

Police are responding to reports of an "active shooter" at a school in North Carolina, America, which officials have suggested may have been caused by malfunctioning equipment.

All of the schools in the district have been placed in lock down. According to its website, school begins at 8:30 a.m. It has around 1,300 students enrolled.

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