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Report of school shooting was April Fools' prank; suspect found

April 2, 2012 |  7:51 am


Police in a Northern California city are livid after a 911 call reporting an attack at a local high school — which prompted a major response — turned out to be an April Fools' joke.

A caller reported that a man was actively shooting on the campus of Roseville High School and there was a pipe bomb near the cafeteria, according to police.  Dispatchers say they could hear gunfire in the background of the call.

“It kind of used a lot of our time and resources in order to clear the campus where they said there was somebody shooting on campus,” said Sgt. Darin Defreece of the Roseville Police Department.

Officers had no choice but to take the caller at his word. Neighbors think they saw every officer in Roseville respond to the 911 call. The area was on lockdown for nearly two hours.

Officers finally cleared the high school, figuring the 911 call was probably an ill-advised April Fools' joke.

The call was traced to a 30-year-old autistic man from Virginia, known by authorities in that state for pulling such pranks, according to Fox 40 News Sacramento. Officers in that state are helping the Roseville Police Department with the possible arrest and prosecution of the suspect. Police are not releasing his name at this point.


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