Diddy the latest celebrity whose home was targeted in prank
DIDDY has become the latest celebrity victim of "swatting".
More than a dozen police cars and two helicopters swarmed the 43-year-old rapper's Los Angeles home on Wednesday (03.04.13) after they received a hoax phone-call informing them that someone had been shot inside the property.
Comedian and actor Steve Carell's home was also secured as it is located next door to Diddy's, whose real name is Sean Combs, according to gossip website TMZ.com.
Upon searching the mansion, officers found no evidence of criminal activity or a shooter.
A law enforcement source said they are taking the incident very seriously and intend to prosecute the perpetrator to the fullest extent of the law once they are tracked down.
The rapper is the latest in a number of celebrities to fall victim to a 'swatting' prank, following a similar incident at Paris Hilton's home last week and Tom Cruise's Beverly Hills home in January (01.17.13) when a prank caller claimed an armed robbery was taking place, but officers found no crime had been committed.
A 12-year-old child also previously targeted Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber's homes in a series of elaborate prank burglaries.
Other victims have included Miley Cyrus' family, Chris Brown and the Kardashian family, who were left furious after heavily armed officers showed up at their door in Calabasas, California, in January after a hoax caller claimed a shooter was in the house and they heard a gun being fired.
Kim tweeted: "Just got a call from my mom telling me about this prank call that someone was shot in their home and 15 swat team & 3 helicopters showed up! (Sic)
"These prank calls are NOT funny. People can get arrested for this! I hope they find out how is behind this. It's dangerous & not a joke! (sic)"