Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Faulty equipment blamed for American school 'active shooter' report

Faulty equipment blamed for American school 'active shooter' report

Collins said a popping sound from the heater "sounded just like an AR-15 (semiautomatic rifle) going off", the newspaper reported.

Commissioner George Brown told WECT that there is a piece of equipment at the school that has been malfunctioning recently and sounds like gunfire when it makes noise. "Law enforcement responded immediately and it has been determined there is no shooter and no weapon".

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

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According to KFox14 reporter Kelly Anne Beile, a call came in at 6:30 a.m. ET Friday morning of a report of an active shooter inside Topsail High School in Hampstead, North Carolina, located about 20 miles north of Wilmington, North Carolina.

All schools in eastern Pender County were placed on lockdown. Staff members of those schools were asked to report to the same place.

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

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Capt. James Rowell with the Pender County Sheriff's Office tells WECT-TV that the scene at Topsail High School remains active, and there were no immediate reports of injuries Friday. According to its website, school begins at 8:30 a.m.

The active shooter report came two days after 12 people were shot dead at a bar in California and nine months after 17 people were killed in Florida in one of the worst school massacres in United States history.

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