Faulty equipment linked to report of active shooter at NC high school

Law enforcement responding to calls of active shooter at Topsail High

- A report of an active shooter at a North Carolina high school sparked a large law enforcement response Friday morning, according to the Pender School System.

The Pender County Sheriff's Office responded to the call around 6:30 a.m., followed by numerous units neighboring from law enforcement agencies.

Pender County Emergency Services believe the gunfire sound was actually caused by a malfunctioning water heater. "In this climate, you have to take it seriously", Brown said.

Earlier this morning, a parent told WWAY he received a call from the school district this morning that all schools on the eastern side of the county are on lockdown. Staff members of those schools were asked to report to the same place.

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Parents and students are gathering at a Lowe's Foods across the street, WECT reports.

Pender County Sheriff's Department could not give details of the shooting on Friday morning but a spokesman told DailyMail.com it was an active scene.

WECT TV reported that a local commission said no active shooter has been identified. A 16-year-old boy who authorities say armed himself with a semi-automatic rifle after hearing about that potential attack also was arrested.

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