Weapons, gun found on two students, lockdown lifted at Pender Co. schools

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two Pender County students are in custody after a threat Tuesday morning at Topsail High School.

Pender County Schools posted on Facebook around 9:15 a.m. about a code red lockdown at Topsail High, Topsail Middle and Topsail Elementary.

Schools spokeswoman Miranda Ferguson said a code red lockdown is issued when there is a potential threat of an intruder and/or a weapon on campus.

According to Capt. James Rowell with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, a non-emergency call came in from a parent that a threat was coming to the school.

Bryce Sheehan (Photo: PCSO)

Rowell said they responded to Topsail High School and found a student, Bryce Matthew Sheehan, sitting in his vehicle in front of the school. He said the 18-year-old Hampstead teen was found with a large knife strapped to his leg and had three other knives.

Sheehan was arrested and charged with Possession of a Weapon on Educational Property, not a firearm. He is currently in the Pender County Jail under a $8,000 secured bond.

While investigating Sheehan, Rowell said a passing motorist alerted a deputy at the school of a vehicle whose driver had been driving erratically while approaching the school and had acted suspiciously before approaching law enforcement vehicles.

Rowell said at one point the vehicle had pulled over and the driver placed something into the back seat of the vehicle.

Deputies made contact with this driver and identified him as Alan Edwardo, Jr., 16 of Hampstead.

Edwardo was found to be in possession of a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle in his vehicle.

Rowell said Edwardo indicated he heard there was a code red lockdown at the school and was responding to attempt to stop the shooter.

Edwardo was arrested and charged with Possession of a Firearm on Educational Property.

He posted a $2,000 secured bond and has since been released from custody.

During these investigations, the NC Highway Patrol and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

Rowell said neither of the two students tried to make entry into any building on the Topsail High School campus.

During a code red lockdown, students are brought into a classroom, doors and windows are closed and locked, lights turned off, and students moved into a protected area of the room.

North Topsail Elementary and South Topsail Elementary were placed under a code yellow lockdown.

The lockdown was lifted by noon. A long line of parents were waiting to pick up their children.

No one got hurt.

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