'Faulty mechanical equipment' to blame for active shooter reports at Topsail High
10 November, 2018, 11:44 | Author: Sheila Harris
A North Carolina official says that reports of an active shooter at a school in the southwestern part of the state turned out to be a malfunctioning water heater. "It's a malfunctioning water heater".
Faulty mechanical equipment making a sound that resembled gunfire is believed to have led to calls of an active shooter situation 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. No injuries have been reported.
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