Diddy becomes the latest 'swatting' victim after police receive hoax phone call claiming someone was shot in his home

By Daily Mail Reporter

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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 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.

Latest victim: Diddy's Los Angeles home was 'swatted' on Wednesday, it has been reported

Latest victim: Diddy's Los Angeles home was 'swatted' on Wednesday, it has been reported

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 at Tom Cruise's Beverly Hills home in January a prank caller claimed an armed robbery was taking place, but officers found no crime had been committed.

Hoax: Police were called to the rapper's property after a prankster called the police and told them someone had been shot inside the home

Hoax: Police were called to the rapper's property after a prankster called the police and told them someone had been shot inside the home

Neighbours: Steve Carrell's home was also secured as it is located next door to Diddy's (pictured)

Neighbours: Steve Carrell's home was also secured as it is located next door to Diddy's (pictured)

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)'

Swatted: The Kardashians and Miley Cyrus' family have also been victims of the cruel trend
Swatted: The Kardashians and Miley Cyrus' family have also been victims of the cruel trend

Swatted: The Kardashians and Miley Cyrus' family have also been victims of the cruel trend

 

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Wasn't me, I was here all day

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We do not have the money to support these hijinks. The person(s) doing this should be given years of community service to pay back the taxpayers.

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This is so wasteful! I hope they catch these idiots & they have to pay back all the money it cost to respond to these calls!

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Don't give them any publicity, surely it feeds their 'prank' in some sick way.

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"More than a dozen police cars and two helicopters" - is this standard response for anyone or just celebrities? REPLY: Prob just celebs, police be like "i wanna go, i wanna go"

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Let's face it: take one look at this clown and you just know something illicit is going on behind the scenes.

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And no one cares...... Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.........................

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People just get jelous and pull these pranks. They should be ashamed, these are some of the most important people in the world right now and deserve respect for their achievements.

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I might watch too many cop shows but to me this just looks like a way of gathering information on response times in different parts of the cities... A lot of these celebrities have unoccupied properties in LA just as a "base" and, as it's LA, there is no doubt they are very opulent... Burglars may just be testing the police to determine how long they have before they are interrupted... Just my 2 cents...

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i don't care for diddy but i seriously wish people would find something better to do with their time than this. it is a huge waste of taxpayers money & emergency sevice time. i can eventually see them going to so many bogus calls that when a real one happens someone may not get the assistance they need.

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