Sheriff: Reports of active shooter at North Carolina school

Sheriff: Reports of active shooter at North Carolina school

Sheriff: Reports of active shooter at North Carolina school

Pender County Sheriff's Office told The Independent they had sent officers to investigate "reports of an active shooter" at Topsail High School in the town of Hampstead early on Friday morning.

Police responded to a call from Topsail High School near Wilmington at about 6.30am Friday.

According to the Pender County Sherrif's Office, it is an active scene, with multiple units already at Topsail High School and others en route.

Pender County Emergency Director Tom Collins said that the malfunctioning pice of equipment could possibly be responsible for the noise.

He said the series of water heaters popping "sounded just like an AR-15 going off".

Buses for South Topsail Elementary, North Topsail Elementary and Surf City schools are being taken to their respective school campuses where students will remain on lockdown on their school buses.

Parents and students were told to meet at a food store across from the school.

Live footage shows numerous law enforcement agencies now at the school where the scene remains active. She says bus routes for several schools will run on a three hour delay. According to its website, school begins at 8:30 a.m.

The school is located near the coast in Hampstead, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Wilmington.

A SWAT team searched the building and every school in the east of the county was placed on lockdown, but no gunman was found and no injuries were reported.

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