‘Swatting’ prank brings SWAT team response, disrupts video game, schools and businesses
LITTLETON, Colo. (Aug. 28, 2014) – A game of online shooter Counter-Strike got a little too real for some Colorado gamers after a SWAT team paid them a visit.
Littleton police swarmed an office complex after getting a 911 call that multiple people had been shot at the office building.
Turns out it was all part of a hoax targeting online gamers who were streaming their Counter-Strike match live. The gamers believe they were the targets of “swatting,” a prank in which someone calls in a fake threat that brings the SWAT team to another person’s door, reports KDVR.
Videos surfaced Wednesday of the SWAT response, which was recorded during a live stream from one of the players.
Nearby schools went on lockdown as a precaution, and other businesses in the area were affected by the large police presence.
Video from YouTube (some viewers may find content disturbing)