It was probably just an evil little kid
A SWAT team descended upon a Long Island, N.Y. home Tuesday under the belief that a teen inside had killed his mother and brother and was ready to kill again, only to learn that it was all a hoax brought about by a sore loser in a Call of Duty match.
The prank, called “swatting” has been growing in regularity around the country as sore losers look up their victims IP address and use Skype to prank call the local 911.
“I just killed my mother and I might shoot more people,” the hoaxer reportedly said. In response 70 officers decended upon the scene, guns drawn. The teen inside was still playing Call of Duty with his headphones on. Despite warnings to come out, he didn't respond – or couldn't hear – as a SWAT team busted down the door.
The teen's mother was making coffee in the kitchen when she saw police fanning out on her lawn. “He told me, ‘Go out! Go out!’” the LI Herald reported. “I [said], ‘What happened?’ They said, ‘Somebody killed somebody in your house.’ I told the police my kid’s home, my kid’s on the computer. He don’t know what happened.”
“In this … bizarre world of swatting, you get points for the helicopter, for the police cars, for the SWAT team, for the type of entry,” Michael Tangney, Long Beach police commissioner, told CBS New York.
Officers are trying to locate the sore loser, whose call resulting in a response cost of about $100,000. “It was probably just an evil little kid,” said one officer.
As for the teens mom, she's had enough. “The kid played too much,” she told WPIX. “Go work. He's 17, he can work.”
[via Huffington Post]