No gunshots fired at North Carolina high school

Topsail High School

Sheriff's deputies in North Carolina are responding to reports of an active shooter at Topsail High School about 20 miles north of Wilmington.

The school district added that the report of an active shooter came after "noises were heard coming from the top of the building". There have been no reports of injuries.

James Rowell with the Pender County Sheriff's Office confirmed there were no reports of injuries Friday.

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.

"Pender County Schools is thankful everyone is safe and thanks local emergency services for its immediate response", the district said. Topsail Elementary, Middle, and High schools remain on lockdown.

Police tell WECT that there were not many people in the school, as the incident reportedly began before 7 a.m. Students and parents have been gathering at a Lowe's Foods across the street from the school.

Buses already on route to South Topsail Elementary, North Topsail Elementary, and Surf City Schools will deliver students to those schools, which are lockdown.

WRAL reports there was a heavy law enforcement presence at the school, which is located at 245 N. Saint Johns Church Road in Hampstead, when the reports of an active shooter first surfaced.

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