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Miami Beach - A report of a shooting at the Miami Beach home of
rapper Lil Wayne was declared a hoax by police on Wednesday after a search
found no evidence of victims or shots fired.
Earlier in the day Miami Beach police said they received a call on
a non-emergency line from a person stating he had shot four people at the home
and needed assistance.
"We can say for sure it was a hoax," police spokesperson
Ernesto Rodriguez said after a SWAT team searched the home in an exclusive
island neighbourhood. "We were unable to locate any victims or
Miami Beach police tweeted "unfortunately this appears to
be a "swatting" call", referring to a trend of police receiving false
emergency calls, sometimes targeting celebrities.
Wayne's record company, Young Money, said on Twitter he was not
at home at the time and he later tweeted that the incident was a "prank
The hoax call trend is known as "swatting" because
SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) officers often are sent to the purported
crime scenes. Authorities say such situations can be dangerous due to the risk
of a misunderstanding between police and occupants of a building.
Swatting calls have previously sent police to the homes of actor
Ashton Kutcher and singers Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus.
Police, some wearing bullet-proof vests, surrounded Wayne's
nine-bedroom home, which is valued at $9.2m, and TV images showed a SWAT
truck arriving on the scene.
Local media, citing representatives for the rapper, whose real
name is Dwayne Michael Carter, was not in the home at the time of the
In 2008 Wayne won Grammy Awards for best rap album, best rap
song, best rap solo performance and was part of the award-winning best rap
He has had run-ins with the law on weapons and drug charges and
went to prison in New York in a gun case.
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