Update 11/9/2018 8:40am:
According to Brian Shrader with WRAL, the Pender County’s Emergency Management Director Tom Collins said police are inside the building and investigating reports that the incident involved “malfunctioning equipment on the roof of the gymnasium.”
#BREAKING update at 8a: @WRAL just talked w Pender Co EM director Tom Collins >> No casualties… Police inside bldg… Investigating reports that this COULD have been malfunctioning equipment on the roof of the gymnasium.
— Brian Shrader (@wraltraffic) November 9, 2018
Original Article 11/9/2018 7:15am:
The Pender County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating a report of an active shooter at Topsail High School in Eastern North Carolina.
According to police, the report came in at about 6:30 am this morning. At 7:03 a.m., Capt. James Rowell commented that no injuries have yet been identified.
According to school officials, Topsail High School, Topsail Middle School, and Topsail Elementary School are all now locked down.
Buses for the 3 schools are being directed to the nearest Lowe’s Foods, and parents have been notified to pick up their bus-riding children from there. All staff members are also being asked to check in at Lowe’s Foods as well.
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: traffic moving slowly by topsail High. Students in surrounding schools on lockdown. @wectnews pic.twitter.com/u950Fss8wp
— Gabrielle Williams (@GSWilliams_News) November 9, 2018
Eric Ortiz, a reporter on the scene, just posted this picture of what looks like SWAT officers on the roof of the high school;
Several people on the roof of Topsail High School in North Carolina near Wilmington after a report of an active shooter. According to @wectnews, it may be a SWAT team but there are no immediate reports of injuries. All the local schools are on lockdown. pic.twitter.com/bBrm2VWbIP
— Erik Ortiz (@erikjhortiz) November 9, 2018
This has now been the second active shooter situation in 2018;
For people not understanding this, I’m a student at Topsail high school and this is the second time we’ve had a school shooting threat in less than 6.5 months. https://t.co/WQe8TqBTRw
— Maile L (@maile_not_cyrus) November 9, 2018
We will update this article as new information comes in.