SWAT team sent to Lil Wayne’s Miami home in apparent hoax

Miami police find no signs of foul play, 'swatting' suspected.

Mar 1, 2020, 8:09 am*

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Ramon Ramirez 

Ramon Ramirez

A SWAT team arrived at Lil Wayne‘s Miami home Wednesday afternoon after reports of gunshots and injuries. But despite a scan of Wayne’s property, the team found no signs of foul play following the hour-plus search. Miami police representative Ernesto Rodriguez has confirmed that the event was a hoax.

For his part, so has Lil Wayne.

A call was reported at 12:40pm ET wherein a man confessed to shooting four people. The Miami police said that “swatting,” the disturbing online trend of dialing police and sending over a SWAT team, is a distinct possibility.

Lil Wayne was reportedly in a music studio recording during the time of the alleged incident. However, a nearby construction worker did tell Miami’s Local 10 News that he heard gunshots.

Whether the hoax was a straightforward prank call or an intentional ploy to send over a SWAT team remains unclear. The practice is increasingly common between online gamers, but if this was an intentional “swatting,” Lil Wayne is the highest-profile celebrity to fall victim to the practice. 
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*First Published: Mar 11, 2015, 10:37 pm