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

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WITN) - County commissioners told WECT-TV that the active shooter situation at Topsail High School may have been a malfunctioning water heater.

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. He says this is being investigated as a source.

As of 8 a.m., the scene is still active and students are still on lockdown.

Capt. Rowell with sheriff's office says there are no reported injuries.

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

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

Our sister station WECT reports the Pender County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding an active shooter around 6:30 a.m. Friday.

Pender County schools posted on Twitter that all campuses on the eastern side of the county are on lockdown.

School buses for Topsail Elementary, Topsail Middle and Topsail High are being directed to Lowe's Foods across from the elementary school, where parents could pick up their children. Staff members of those schools were asked to report to the same place.

Capt. James Rowell told WECT there are no reported injuries as of 7 a.m.

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. He says this is being investigated as a source.

Live footage shows numerous law enforcement agencies currently at the school where the scene remains active.

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

There's no word on whether a suspect has been identified or if anyone is in custody.

We are working to get more information and have a crew on the way to the scene.

We will update this story as soon as we learn more.