When police offers arrived at Lil Wayne’s million-dollar mansion on Wednesday after receiving calls of a shooting, they found no gun, no shooter, and no victim. The entire thing was a hoax.
Reports of shooting inside Lil Wayne’s house “was a hoax.” Read more here.
But “hoax” is too simple a word to use when referring to the act of “swatting,” as what happened to the rapper. What is swatting? It is provoking the authorities to raid a stranger’s house. The act is a criminal offense and should not be taken lightly.
Swatting can happen to anyone, even celebrities, all of whom are oftentimes mistaken to be able to afford tight security for their home and personal possessions. Believe it or not, several of these celebrities have been victims of this cruel prank as well.
Dag nabbit that was dern sure an experience. I am all Ok though. Thanks for all the supportive tweets everyone
— Kootra (@Kootra) August 27, 2014
Jordan “Kootra” Mathewson is one of the most popular videogame players online. He was livestreaming a first-person shooting game in Colorado when it happened. In the video, Kootra could be heard remarking about noises from the other rooms before saying aloud, “I think we’re getting swatted.” The cops crashed into his room a few seconds later.
The entire incident was caught on camera, showing how terrifying it is to have guns pointed at you.
It probably doesn’t surprise anyone that the popstar is found in this list. The Hollywood Reporter reports how a SWAT team entered Bieber’s house in California after responding to a 911 call. As soon as the armed men stormed inside, they found nothing that could cause alarm.
Similar to Lil Wayne, Bieber wasn’t inside the house when the incident happened.
It turns out, a 12-year-old boy was responsible for Justin Bieber’s swatting. The same boy, who admitted the crime after getting caught, also called the cops on actor Ashton Kutcher’s house on October 2012. Luckily, Kutcher was busy taping for his TV show “Two and a Half Men.”
The boy, whose name was withheld, has been prosecuted as a juvenile, CNN reported.
Instead of being somewhere else like the previous stars on the list, the ex-“American Idol” judge was right in his house when the cops responded to a 911 caller who said a person was tied up inside the house. The police came out empty-handed.
The swatting happened the same month after Ashton Kutcher’s incident, according to CBS.
A couple of years before his controversy with current ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tan, Chris Brown had to endure policemen knocking on his house in response to threats of domestic violence. No one was arrested this time.
The swatting incident happened in 2013, four years after the police also stormed Brown’s house in response to real domestic violence concerning Rihanna.
Read eight things you need to know about Karrueche Tran here.
Only a few people, such as Brandon Wilson, have been arrested due to acts of swatting, so it is unfortunate that we can expect more of these incidents in the future.
Digg has posted a helpful article instructing readers about what to do should they get swatted. It’s worth checking out.