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911 Call of Shootings in Country Club of South a Hoax

Police said the incident appears to be a growing trend called "swatting" where emergency personnel are dispatched to a home or business when no emergency exists.

Thursday evening Country Club of the South's Carlisle Lane was abuzz with Johns Creek police who had responded to a call of a triple shooting. The call turned out to be a hoax. Photo Courtesy: John Paul Wegener
Thursday evening Country Club of the South's Carlisle Lane was abuzz with Johns Creek police who had responded to a call of a triple shooting. The call turned out to be a hoax. Photo Courtesy: John Paul Wegener
The news Thursday evening of a triple shooting in a tony Johns Creek subdivision had police and SWAT teams scrambling and news helicopters and crews racing to the scene.

Turns out the call that came in through 911 was a hoax.

Around 4:30 p.m. (Jan. 16) a call came through to the Alpharetta Police 911 operator of a triple shooting in the Country Club of the South - the call was re-routed to Johns Creek police.

The caller told the 911 operator "that a man, woman and child had been shot at the residence of a home located (on the 7000 block of) Carlisle Lane," according to the Johns Creek Police report. "The caller also said he was holding a female hostage and was demanding a $30,000 ransom."

When Johns Creek police arrived they quickly cordoned off the area, posting officers at strategic vantage points and creating a staging area for the fire and EMS vehicles to operate.

Police were able to make contact with the residents, three adults and two children, who safely left the house. JCPD officers then checked the home and confirmed there was no one else inside. 

One of the residents, who was obviously shocked and confused about the heavy police presence and being ordered to leave her home, told police she had no idea why her home was the target of the hoax.

"It appears at this time that the initial call is part of a growing trend referred to as "swatting. This is a call designed to mobilize numerous law enforcement and emergency resources and personnel to an unwitting residence or business," wrote JCPD Officer D.L. Smith in his report.

Police are now trying to track down the caller.

Editor's note: Poncho Wilson, a Johns Creek resident, sent in the news tip to Johns Creek Patch. The photo was posted on his Facebook page. Also, thanks to Maggie Sloe and Christ Ausburn for sending Patch photos from the scene Thursday night.

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rbnadel January 18, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Hopefully, the JCPD and GBI have tech saavy folks who can put this spoofer behind bars for a long, long time. Frankly, with the number tech saavy people in our city, State and country, and given that 911 spoofing has been going on for several years, it is surprising this problem persists. Perhaps the NSA can offer up its expertise ? Unrelated to the story, but for clarification, Judy, this "tony" Johns Creek neighborhood pays more than their fair share of property taxes to the City of Johns Creek, because the City of Johns Creek refuses to service the street lights and road maintainence because neighborhood access is restricted to residents and their guests. Thankfully, this low-brow mentality does not extend to the JCPD, JCFD and other city services. Refusing to cover street lights and road maintainence is, in my opinion, a snub to the 750 + property owners who pay over and above their fair share of taxes to the city since the residents pay for services the city refuses to provide. The city refuses to pay for street lights and road maintainence because public access is restricted. If you agree, fine, but the city should reduce subdivision property taxes in proportion to the out-of-pocket costs for street lights and roads which are borne by these residents to end this practice of 'double taxation'.
Aileen Wyckoff January 18, 2014 at 06:43 PM
Good luck with that one, honey.
Robert Searl January 18, 2014 at 08:19 PM
rbnadel, if you are so upset, move to an unrestricted neighborhood.

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