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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Reported shooting a hoax by online gamer
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Bill Kelly/Herald
A Nassau County Police Department SWAT team entered a home on Laurelton Boulevard Tuesday after a false 911 call was made to police claiming that a teenager had shot his mother and brother.

Tangney said he believes the rival player managed to obtain Castillo’s Internet Protocol and home addresses during the game. Police do not yet know who the caller was or where the call came from, but they said that he used Skype, the Internet phone service, to make the call to the Police Department’s regular number.

“It comes from an IP — so it’s not immediately traceable,” Tangney said, adding that the gamer could be “anywhere in the world.”

“There is a venue to try to recapture the information or identify the person — we are doing that now — but I’m not going to release the details of the investigation,” he said.

No one was injured in the incident. If the caller is apprehended, however, he will likely face some serious charges, Tangney said, including reporting a false incident.

“If we determine who made this call, there will be an arrest,” he said. “He did something so, so foolish and so dangerous. I’m very angry — it’s a tremendous waste of taxpayer resources. It’s a tremendous danger to law enforcement.”

Tangney said that no charges were filed against Rafael Castillo and that he was not at fault, though his mother said she told him not to play video games as much anymore.

Alexandra Spychalsky contributed to this story.

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