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It Started as an Online Gaming Prank. Then It Turned Deadly.

It Started as an Online Gaming Prank. Then It Turned Deadly.

A gamer called 911 to report a fake hostage situation, hoping that a SWAT-team visit might scare a fellow player. Instead, police rushed to the wrong house and killed an unsuspecting father of two. Inside the hard-core gaming circles where “swatting” is common — and competition is out of control.

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