Swatting is a sick prank that involves calling in a threat to a local police department, so that SWAT teams and law enforcement are deployed to another person’s house. A swatting incident happened recently in New Jersey, but on a larger scale. The situtaion could have ended with many people dying, but luckily the whole thing was resolved without anyone getting harmed.
The victim was not a single person, but the Digital Press Video Games store in Clifton, New Jersey, which had about 40 people inside since it was their monthly North Atlantic Videogame Aficionados meeting. The local Sheriff’s office was called by the prankster and told them that people in the store were being held hostage by men with shotguns, and that some people were injured.
So law enforcement set up outside of the shop while the shoppers inside were left wondering what was going on. The people inside moved elsewhere in the building to be safe, thinking that an armed conflict might be possible. An hour later the police started approaching the store. Also at that time, the store got a call from someone claiming to be from the local Fire Department. This person told the person who answered to close the shop’s front blinds. So they did. The person on the phone then told the worker to go outside and yell for law enforcement to get back because someone had a gun. The store’s owner knew something was fishy and hung up, then called the police and all was worked out. This could have been disaster.
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