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

Law enforcement responding to calls of active shooter at Topsail High

Law enforcement responding to calls of active shooter at Topsail High

A report of an active shooter at Topsail High School sparked law enforcement response Friday morning, according to FOX 8 in North Carolina.

Armed police stormed a high school in North Carolina after noises made by a malfunctioning heater were mistaken for an active shooter.

County officials say a malfunctioning water heater caused noises confused for the sounds of gunshots.

A Pender County dispatcher told Reuters that deputies were responding to a situation at a local high school, but could not elaborate.

Topsail High, Topsail Middle, and Topsail Elementary are still on lockdown, the school said.

According to the school website, school begins at 8:30 a.m.

Pender County Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. James Rowell told WWAY-TV that someone called 911 around 5:51 a.m.to report sounds believed to be gunfire coming from Topsail High School in Hampstead.

Williams said he has heard the sound personally and can understand how someone might hear it and make a report.

America media reported there have been over 300 mass shooting incidents since the start of the year. Staff members of those schools were asked to report to the same place.

It shares a campus with a middle school and an elementary school.

The school district said that parents who planned to drive their children to school should not do so.

Hampstead is about 20 miles north of the city of Wilmington. All other schools have returned to normal operations.

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