Video game threat becomes fake report to police

Photo Courtesy: Thinkstock
Photo Courtesy: Thinkstock

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP)- A gamer’s threat lead to a fake report of a shooting in Agawam overnight.

A person claiming to be a 17-year-old boy from Agawam called the Cambridge Police Department and said he was on crystal meth, had shot his mother in the chest, and would shoot police if they tried to go inside his house, where he was armed with a shotgun and handgun.

The Agawam Police Department was notified of the call at 1:03 a.m. on Thursday and quickly went to the home on South West Street.

The mother who lives at the home said she was surprised when police showed up on her doorstep at 1 a.m., but her 17-year-old son said he wasn’t.

The son told police he is an online video-game player that goes around the county playing games like “Call of Duty,” Agawam Police Sgt. Dan Bonafilia said.

The son said he had been targeted by a hacker group of players that were about the same age.  They had threatened him in a message on Twitter saying they would get a police SWAT team to his house if he did not message them back.  He didn’t message them back, Sgt. Bonafilia said.

No one was injured in what turned out to be a hoax.

Bonafilia said police are looking further into what they can do to try and track down who the call originated from and the exact location. He said it was a Skype call that came from somewhere in California.

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