PORTLAND -- A shooting reported in Northwest Portland Tuesday morning turned out to be a 'swatting' prank, police said.
Officers were called just after 7:30 a.m. to the report of a shooting inside a house in the 400 block of Southwest Skyline Boulevard, according to Lt. Steve Alexander of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.
A SWAT team was called to the area, and the unsuspecting people inside the home were shocked to see tactical officers with guns drawn outside the home.
"They shouldn’t think it’s a game because it’s not. I saw the weapons and it’s not fun," said homeowner Ed Reingold.
Similar hoaxes have been taking place around the country. Alexander warned that the trend is especially dangerous because it ties up resources that could be responding to real emergencies.
"It’s shocking to the occupants of the home to wake up and find your home surrounded by police officers so I think it’s a horrible thing. And we’re actively investigating it and hoping to apprehend the individual behind the calls and hold them accountable," said Alexander.
A Vancouver mom said it happened to her in April. Someone in her son's online gaming community reported an incident at her home and police quickly surrounded the place. She said neighbors thought someone inside the home had been killed.
No suspect information has been released in connection with Tuesday's prank.