He said the call said buses are being staged at Lowe's Food across from the schools.
The sheriff's spokesman said law enforcement officers were still searching the campus as a precaution but preliminary reports indicate that it was faulty equipment. "Law enforcement responded immediately and it has been determined there is no shooter and no weapon".
It shares a campus with a middle school and an elementary school.
According to KFox14 reporter Kelly Anne Beile, a call came in at 6:30 a.m. ET Friday morning of a report of an active shooter inside Topsail High School in Hampstead, North Carolina, located about 20 miles north of Wilmington, North Carolina.
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According to the Pender County Sherrif's Office, it is an active scene, with multiple units already at Topsail High School and others en route.
When deputies arrived, they heard the sound of gunshots. Staff members of those schools were asked to report to the same place. No injuries have been reported.
WECT TV reported that a local commission said no active shooter has been identified.
WECT reported that officers and deputies from the Topsail Police Department, the Pender County Sheriff's Office and UNC-Wilmington were at the scene, and the school campus was sealed off. It has around 1,300 students enrolled. A 16-year-old boy who authorities say armed himself with a semi-automatic rifle after hearing about that potential attack also was arrested.