Yesterday around 3pm a friend shared a link to a Facebook group called LI Fire Wire, which posts Notifications of Incidents for long island anything that involves the fire service. This particular message was the following:
Long Beach, NY (Nassau co) *Hostage Situation* W Hudson St/Laurelton Blvd. A male armed with a shot gun claimed to have killed his family and will shoot at anyone coming to the house.
Normally I don’t believe everything I read on the internet, but this was already shared 66 times with actual comments on all the police activity in this area of Long Beach.
Several hours and 60 police responders later, we find out the hostage was a hoax, or a swatting, which wikipedia tells us is:
Somebody lost a Call of Duty game and called the cops on the winner. But what is even more crazy is the fact that swatting is a game in of itself: The loser finds out where his opponent lives, makes the emergency phone call, then gets points based on how many responders show up, or even what kind (helicopters, etc.).
I’m lost for words here…
Unless this Call of Duty loser created a fake account with a fake credit card and somehow masked his location behind a proxy, he will be found. What an idiot. This is dangerous, insane and a complete waste of time for all involved. Luckily nobody got really hurt. Besides, everybody is playing Titanfall these days.