A Littleton, Colo. office was raided by local a SWAT team following a 911 call that warned of a hostage situation at that address. The raid was captured on video by a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive livestreamer’s webcam, and the whole thing now appears to have been a prank staged by an anonymous rival gamer (via ABC7 in Denver).
“The caller claimed to have shot two co-workers, held others hostage, and threatened to shoot them. He stated that if the officers entered he would shoot them as well,” the Littleton Police Department said in a statement.
“There were no victims or any evidence that a shooting had taken place. If the investigation determines that today’s incident was a hoax, those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Local schools and businesses were locked down as a result of the threat. One Twitter user appears to be taking responsibility for the act, which targeted the livestreamer — known on social media as “Kootra” — for unknown reasons.
You can watch in the video above as Kootra’s office is raided at around the 6:30 mark. “Uh oh, this isn’t good. They’re clearing rooms. What in the world? I think we’re getting swatted,” he says just moments before police storm the room.
“Swatting” is a malicious act that involves placing a false 911 call with a threat severe enough to elicit a SWAT response. There’s no indication that the Twitter user claiming responsibility for the act has been caught, but the police investigation is undoubtedly ongoing.
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