School shooter turns out to be wa­ter heater

The Sun Times (Owen Sound) - - WORLD -

HAMP­STEAD, N.C. — A county of­fi­cial says re­ports of an ac­tive shooter at a school in North Carolina on Fri­day turned out to be mal­func­tion­ing wa­ter heater. Pen­der County Emer­gency Man­age­ment Di­rec­tor Tom Collins told The Star-News that noise from the wa­ter heater was taken for the sound of gun­fire at Top­sail High School on Fri­day morn­ing. “There’s no ac­tive shooter,” Collins said. “It’s a mal­func­tion­ing wa­ter heater.” The ear­lier re­port of shots fired pro­voked a mas­sive re­sponse by law en­force­ment and caused the school dis­trict to reroute buses and put schools on lock­down. “Law en­force­ment re­sponded im­me­di­ately and it has been de­ter­mined there is no shooter and no weapon,” Pen­der County schools said via its Twit­ter ac­count. “Pen­der County Schools is thank­ful ev­ery­one is safe and thanks lo­cal emer­gency ser­vices for its im­me­di­ate re­sponse,” the dis­trict said. Top­sail High, Top­sail Mid­dle, and Top­sail El­e­men­tary re­mained on lock­down. The school dis­trict added that the re­port of an ac­tive shooter came af­ter “noises were heard com­ing from the top of the build­ing.” The As­so­ci­ated Press

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