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Authorities scour Portage neighborhood after false 911 call reporting shooting, police say

Authorities scour Portage neighborhood after false 911 call reporting shooting, police say

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PORTAGE — Several officers responded to a Portage neighborhood after receiving a call from a child who alleged someone had been shot Wednesday afternoon. 

At 12:24 p.m. officers responded to the 800 block of Camelot Manor, according to a news release from the Portage Police Department.

Ride along with Officer Jimmy Weller as he patrols the region's border of Lake Michigan as part of the Lake County Sheriff's Marine Unit. Video by Connor Burge. 

An 8-year-old had called 911, telling a dispatcher he was being threatened and then he disconnected the call. The child called back multiple times, giving limited pieces of information each time, before stating that someone was "shot in the chest and bleeding," police reported.

He hung up the phone again and then called a final time, screaming that he was in the 600 block of Camelot Manor.

Multiple police officers went to the scene and searched two areas but could not find the child who called, a victim, evidence of a shooting or any witnesses.

As police continued the search for a while, officers found a boy who admitted to calling 911 and reporting a false incident, Portage police said.

"At this point it was determined there was no shooting and there was no threat to public safety in the area," police said.

Authorities did not state whether the child will face any formal consequences.


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Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194,

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