CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer is the latest victim of a prank called "swatting."
SWAT was called to Blitzer's Montgomery County home Saturday after someone texted emergency crews saying there was a shooting inside the home.
More than a dozen officers were dispatched to the house with their guns drawn. But it was all a prank, part of something called “swatting,” when people alert crews of a fake emergency at a home in hopes the SWAT team would show up.
This is the first known case of swatting in the area. It’s been happening on the West Coast for years. Many celebrities in Los Angeles have been swatting victims.
“This is not funny, this is not a joke,” says Capt. Paul Starks of the Montgomery County Police Department.
The Montgomery County dispatcher who got the emergency text was familiar with the prank and was skeptical, but forced to spend valuable minutes on the case.
“It’s very dangerous. What you have is a limited of 911 lines and 911 calls. In this case a line was taken up for 15 minutes and so was a call-takers time,” says Starks.
Blitzer and his wife were out of town and haven’t commented on the incident. The pranksters have not been found.