Hampstead, N.C. — Law enforcement authorities in Pender County were called to Topsail High School in Pender County on a report of an active shooter on campus, according to reports.
Based on live pictures from WECT-TV, there is a heavy law enforcement presence at the school, which is located at 245 N. Saint Johns Church Road in Hampstead.
There have been no immediate reports of injuries and students were not due to report to class until 8 a.m.
But WECT News reported that there may have been some students on campus when the incident was reported around 7 a.m.
The television station also reported that students are being diverted away from the campus and being sent to a nearby Lowe’s Foods grocery store while law enforcement officers investigate the report.
News of a possible active shooter at the school has undoubtedly alarmed many parents in light of the mass shooting late Wednesday night in Souther California at a country western bar that left 13 people dead, including the suspected gunman who apparently killed himself.
Several other schools in Pender County were placed on lockdown as a precaution.
There is no set definition for the term “mass shooting.” This chart includes shootings in which three or more people were killed. While most of the shootings listed here occurred since 2000, Columbine is included because of its notoriety; the 1986 shooting at the post office in Edmond, Okla., is included because it is the origin of the grim term “going postal.”