Commissioner claims sound of gunfire may have come from 'faulty equipment' after reports of active shooter at Topsail High School in North Carolina
Police officials got the call about an active shooter in the region around 6:30 am on Friday morning
There are reports of an active shooter at the Topsail High School in Hampstead, North Carolina and law enforcement are reportedly responding to the scene.
The call for an active shooter to the police officials in the region came at about 6:30 am on Friday morning, according to the WTVD reports.
However, Commissioner George Brown said there is a piece of equipment at the school that has been malfunctioning in recent days and it sounds like gunfire when it makes noise. This has been going on for several days and is being investigated as a source, according to WECT News. Regardless, officials are taking the situation very seriously to ensure everyone’s safety.
“I was sure it was not gunfire over an hour ago,” Commissioner David Williams, who is also the assistant coach for the varsity football team, told WECT News. “I also coach football there. Lately (during practice), we’ve been hearing a piece of mechanical equipment go ‘bam bam bam.’ It made us the first time we heard it turn around.”
Williams said he has heard the sound personally and can understand how someone might hear it and make a report.
A parent, while talking to WWAY, said that the school district announced that all schools on the eastern side of Pender County are on lockdown.
Reports state that parents and students are gathering at a Lowe’s Foods across the street. The school district has reportedly asked the staff of the high school to meet the staff at the grocery, the news outlet reported.
Law enforcement in @PenderCounty_NC is responding to reports of an active shooter at Topsail High School this morning. According to Capt. James Rowell with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, it is still an active scene. #ILM #Brunsco #Pender #CapeFear— Joe Catenacci (@JoeCats19) November 9, 2018
An emergency dispatcher with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office told TIME that multiple units are on scene at the school. “It’s extremely busy right now. All of our units are trying to take this person into custody,” the dispatcher said.
Several people on the roof of Topsail High School in North Carolina near Wilmington after a report of an active shooter. According to @wectnews, it may be a SWAT team but there are no immediate reports of injuries. All the local schools are on lockdown. pic.twitter.com/bBrm2VWbIP— Erik Ortiz (@erikjhortiz) November 9, 2018
Capt. James Rowell, of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, said there were no injuries reported and to expect further updates soon, according to local media.
The shooter is still said to be in the premises, according to reports. No more details are available at the moment.
This is a developing story.