Police: Fake shooting report was a 'swatting' call

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EVANSTON, Ill. (WAND) – Police say a report of a gunman at Northwestern University proved false.

NBC Chicago reports someone told police the suspect was armed in Engelhart Hall on campus. Police originally heard a report of shots fired in the area of Emerson Street and Maple Avenue. Officers announced on Wednesday afternoon that the report was a hoax and came from a swatting call.

Swatting is the practice of intentionally calling 911 with false information in order to get law enforcement to gather at a certain address.

Officers say they found no evidence of a gunman, crime scene or victim. They have completely cleared the scene.

Engelhart Hall at one point went on lockdown.

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