- The Washington Times - Friday, November 9, 2018

The school shooting reported in North Carolina was deemed a false alarm, the school district confirmed Friday morning.

Capt. James Rowell of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office told WECT that they believe malfunctioning equipment at the school sounded like gunshots.

The Pender County school district lifted security precautions for several schools in the surrounding area, but Topsail elementary, middle and high schools remain on lockdown.

Buses headed for the Topsail school system were redirected to a local grocery store.

• Gabriella Muñoz can be reached at gmunoz@washingtontimes.com.

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