Active shooter reported at North Carolina High School

Razia Meer
Nov 09, 2018
12:18 P.M.



The source of reports about an active shooter at Topsail High School in North Carolina turned out to be nothing more than a malfunctioning heater!

Tom Collins, the Pender County Emergency Management Director, said:

“There’s no active shooter. It’s a malfunctioning water heater.”

Collins further said that the sound coming from the heater, a popping noise, “sounded just like an AR-15 [semiautomatic rifle] going off.”


Police urgently responded to an active shooter at Topsail High School in North Carolina, outside Wilmington.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office reported that multiple units have been on the scene since Friday morning, 7 a.m. after receiving a phone call about a shooter.

Classes had not yet started when the call was made. The emergency dispatcher said:

“It’s extremely busy right now. All of our units are trying to take this person into custody.”


A local parent told WWAY that he received a call from the school district saying that all schools on the eastern side of the county are now on lockdown.

Buses are being staged at Lowe’s Food. Parents were notified that they can pick up students from there.

Capt. James Rowell confirmed that no injuries or fatalities had been reported at the school. Police had been working to apprehend the shooter.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Lincoln Riley's Wife Caitlin Buckley Surprised Him on His 40th Birthday

November 30, 2023

Kansas City Hero Breaks Silence for the First Time After Tackling Gunman in Super Bowl Shooting

February 15, 2024

Who Is 'GMA' Host Michael Strahan's Daughter Who Helped Her Twin Sister Walk Again after Brain Surgery?

January 12, 2024

'Pins & Needles': Prince Had Severe Pain in His Hands & Looked 'Frail' before He Died in an Elevator at 57

February 07, 2024

Boy, 7, Loses His Life While Playing Favorite Game – Broken Mom Vows to Put His Christmas Present in His Coffin

December 08, 2023

Shivon Zilis Has No Husband & Is a Mom of Two Who Cares about 'Machine Intelligence'

December 06, 2023

Сops Can’t Trace Boy Who Didn’t Return from School, Week Later Dog Brings Mom His Backpack – Story of the Day

January 18, 2024

Brave Girl, 14, Saves Runaway School Bus Full of Kids from Colliding with Gas Station: ‘Everyone Was Freaking Out’

November 30, 2023

Bradley Cooper Leaves Press Conference for 6-Year-Old Daughter After School Nurse’s Emergency Call

December 22, 2023

Husband Notices 'Odd Taste' in Drinks & Food His Wife Gives Him, Installs Surveillance Camera at Home

January 19, 2024

Serena Williams Shares Makeup-Free Selfie Following Her 'Not Ok' Post – Fans Send Concerned & Supportive Messages

November 29, 2023

Missing Texas Girl, 11, Found Dead — Person Who Knocked Door to Door to Help Find Her Charged with Murder

February 22, 2024

Us Air Force Officer Wins 2024 Miss America Crown, Making History: 'A Literal Icon for All of Us!'

January 16, 2024

Texas Girl, 11, Found Dead after Vanishing on Her Way to School – Cause of Death Finally Revealed

February 23, 2024