Authorities went to the Florida home of a hip-hop star today after receiving a report that shots had been fired. The Los Angeles Times reports that the incident took place at Lil Wayne’s waterfront home on Biscayne Bay in the Miami Beach area.
“Investigators are treating the incident seriously but said it might be a hoax,” the initial Times report noted. Subsequent media reports indicated the police had confirmed that the call was a hoax.
The call came at about 12:45 p.m. local time, according to Officer Ernesto Rodriguez of the Miami Beach Police Department.
Rodriguez was quoted saying that after almost an hour at the scene, officers had “not made contact with anyone nor identified any victims.”
“Police would not confirm the property belonged to Lil Wayne, but several media outlets are reporting the residence as the 32-year-old star’s home,” the Times reported. “Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was not home at the time, according to Young Money Entertainment, the label he founded in 2005.”
A tweet from the Young Money Twitter account reportedly said: “Wayne is OK. Wasn’t home during alleged events.”
The Times report indicated that authorities were skeptical from the outset. “Rodriguez expressed concern that the phone call might be a ‘swatting’ incident,” the Times reported. “Swatting is a phone prank in which someone relays false information to law enforcement, prompting a massive police response.”