A person who claimed he shot four people at rapper Lil Wayne’s Miami Beach home led to a massive police response on Wedneday afternoon.
Uniformed officers, police dogs and a heavily armed SWAT team searched the La Gorce Circle property. They didn’t find anything unusual — and characterized the call as a hoax that wasted the law enforcement’s time and resources.
Officer Ernesto Rodriguez told the Miami Herald a call came in on the department’s nonemergency line shortly after 12:45 p.m. Wednesday from a man claiming to have shot four people at the waterfront mansion.
Just before 3 p.m., Rodriguez confirmed that police did not find victims or suspects. Dozens of officers and the SWAT team surrounded the home to investigate.
As talk of the call spread quickly, Young Money Entertainment, Wayne’s record label, tweeted out that he wasn’t home and was fine.
Wayne, whose legal name Dwayne Michael Carter, lives in an eight-bedroom, 10-bath home was most recently assessed at $9.4 million, according to county property records.
It appears that someone may have been “swatting,” or triggering an emergency response from authorities with false claims, Miami Beach police said.
Rodriguez called it a “misuse of the emergency communication system.”