Hoax Call Sends Agawam Police Searching for Active ShooterAGAWAM (WGGB) — A shocking hoax sent Agawam Police to one home overnight, prepared to deal with an active shooter.
Around 1:00 a.m., Agawam Police received a call from Cambridge Police, who said that they were called about a shooting at a home in the Feeding Hills neighborhood.
The caller said that a 17 year-old boy was high on crystal meth and had shot his mother in the chest. He was also reportedly prepared to fire at police when they responded to the home.
Agawam Police responded to the corresponding address and evacuated the home. They searched the home for a shooter and kept the residents outside as a precaution.
When they discovered that there was no shooter in the home, they eventually determined that the call was a hoax.
After speaking with the 17 year-old at the home and with Cambridge Police, officers determined that the call was a result of dispute through an online video game.
“We took it seriously until proven otherwise,” Agawam Police told ABC40.
Police later determined that the call had come into Cambridge Police as a Skype call.
While it will be difficult to trace, police will be working to track down the perpetrator of the call, who they believe to be residing on the west coast.