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'Swatting' terror: Fake call puts South Carolina family in danger

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - A Myrtle Beach family is in shock after a fake 911 call indicated that a man had just shot his wife.

The incident happened Monday night.

Bob McCord said he was at home making dinner with his wife and brother-in-law when one of his wife’s friends called them and asked what all the police activity on their street was.

“So, I turn it on and the first thing I hear is my name," said McCord.

He was thinking it was a mistake, so he called the non-emergency line and said he was transferred to the hostage negotiator. After talking on the phone, and the hostage negotiator asking his wife and brother-in-law questions without Bob’s interference, Bob said the negotiator told them what was going on.

“Someone had called and said that there were shots fired in the house, and that I had shot my wife and was going to shoot my brother-in-law,” said McCord.

According to scanner traffic heard on Broadcastify, police officers and SWAT began to mobilize and head to the scene.

“We need somebody else up on the north end up there; block the street please,” one officer is heard saying.

Another can be heard saying, “We got movement by the front window by the door.”

McCord said it wasn’t until he got on the phone with a hostage negotiator that he knew something was wrong. He was told someone using his name called police saying he shot his wife, and that he was going to shoot whoever else was in the house.

McCord is a retired law enforcement officer himself. 

“They wanted us to come outside and I said, ‘You got to be honest with me; I need to know what’s going on,'" McCord said. "So he, at that point, had told me that someone had called and said that there were shots fired in the house and I had shot my wife and was going to shoot my brother-in-law or the other person in the house. So that’s when it got real. That’s when it really hit home and started to freak me out.”

Surveillance footage from McCord’s front porch shows him walking outside with his hands in the air, as officers can be heard yelling “Keep your hands up in the air,” and “Do you have any weapons on you?”

“It really got real when I saw the loaded assault rifles,” McCord said

“I had guns drawn on me which was terrifying. I never had a gun pointed at me," said Kimberly McCord, who said she was the first person ordered out of the home because from the false call, police thought she was the person in danger.

Police eventually determined that no shots had been fired and there were no injuries.

McCord said he’s not sure who would do something like this to him and his family, but he said he hopes police find out. Myrtle Beach police are still investigating.
 


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