False shooting report in Colo. part of a dangerous trend

Police believe they were victims of a disturbing trend called "swatting"

By Maria StLouis-Sanchez and Jakob Rodgers
The Gazette

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado Springs police raced to a home Wednesday where they were told there was a woman hiding in the closet, her husband was shot and the two robbers — possibly armed with machine guns — had run away.

When officers arrived, they found out the Broadmoor Bluffs home didn't exist. The person who supposedly called for help was nowhere to be found. He or she might not even be in the state.

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