Hamden police investigate shooting hoax

Hamden police responded to Thomas St. for what turned out to be a hoax.

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A 911 caller said he shot his mother and that he was going to shoot his father and himself, prompting a response from police and EMS who later determined the call to be a hoax, according to police Tuesday afternoon.

No one was immediately charged in the incident and police said the investigation is continuing.

The call came at 10:45 a.m. from a Thomas Street address, police said.

“Upon arrival officers promptly forced entry in an attempt to locate the shooter. A thorough search of the residence revealed that there were no shooting victims. Officers located three juveniles inside of the residence, ages 14, 10 and 9,” police said. “There were no reported injuries. Members of the Hamden Fire Department and American Medical Response responded to the scene and were on standby.”

Callers to News 8 reported seeing several police cars and SWAT team in the area Tuesday morning. People in the area said the law enforcement response was impressive. “The walkie-talkies screeching on the officer’s belt said ‘we’re going to do a breach now – automatic weapons’,” Joe Vitelli of Hamden said. “Brave guys, brave women too. They’re cool.”

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