Hip-hop’s famed super-producer Pharrell’s L.A. home was a massive police scene after a 911 call came in that someone was fatally shot in the stomach at his residence on the evening of Monday (Dec. 23), according to TMZ.
But law enforcement, who rushed to the scene, would soon discover that the supposedly gruesome shooting was nothing but a hoax, otherwise known as a swatting call. Defined as an “action of making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to dispatch a large number of armed police officers to a particular address," the call came in around 6:30 p.m. The caller claimed that a friend had been accidentally shot in the stomach and died, as reported by TMZ. Sources from the outlet say that once police arrived, there was immediate confusion as to why the cops were there.
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The site adds that Pharrell was not at home at the time of the incident, however.
Apparently, swatting is a frequent happening among Hollywood, and Pharrell’s case is anything but unique, as several other celebs have been caught in the crossfire of swatting calls. You might remember when Lil Wayne was rudely awakened at his Miami Beach home in September of 2016 when cops responded to a call that an unidentified male was shot and bleeding at the rapper’s home. A similar incident occurred at the rapper’s house a year prior, but with the claim of four shooting victims.
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Other A-listers targeted in the swats include Rihanna and Diddy, who were at the brunt of similar pranks in 2013. In Rih’s case, a 911 call came in claiming that two armed men were at the singer’s Pacific Palisades house. This happened days after Diddy was swatted in San Fernando Valley. Selena Gomez, Justin Timberlake, and Tom Cruise add to the list of swatting targets as well.
Thus far, no information on the perpetrators has been released.
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