Police: Report of Shooting in Miami Beach Home of Rapper Lil Wayne a ‘Hoax’

Police: Report of Shooting in Miami Beach Home of Rapper Lil Wayne a ‘Hoax’

In this June 29, 2014 file photo, Lil' Wayne performs at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Police have responded to a report of 4 people shot at the Miami Beach home of rapper Lil Wayne. Miami Beach Det. Vivian Thayer says police units responded Wednesday, March 11, 2015, after someone called to say four people had been shot at the waterfront home. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
In this June 29, 2014 file photo, Lil’ Wayne performs at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Police have responded to a report of 4 people shot at the Miami Beach home of rapper Lil Wayne. Miami Beach Det. Vivian Thayer says police units responded Wednesday, March 11, 2015, after someone called to say four people had been shot at the waterfront home. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

 

(Reuters) – A report of a shooting at the Miami Beach home of Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne was declared a hoax by police on Wednesday after a search found no evidence of victims or shots fired.

Earlier in the day Miami Beach police said they received a call on a non-emergency line from a person saying he had shot four people at the home and needed assistance.

“We can say for sure it was a hoax,” police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said after a SWAT team searched the home in an exclusive island neighborhood. “We were unable to locate any victims or subjects.”

Miami Beach police tweeted “unfortunately this appears to be a “swatting” call,” referring to a trend of police receiving false emergency calls, sometimes targeting celebrities.

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