The call made to police that resulted in a SWAT team response may have come from a phone in the Rockford area.
Officers arriving on campus scrambled to find the supposed shooter, but after an intense search they found no evidence of a suspect or a crime scene.
Instead, investigators believe the hoax to be a “Swatting” incident.
Swatting is known as a practice of making a prank call to an emergency service in an attempt to bring a large number of armed police officers to a particular address. The
“The indication is the phone call came from outside the Chicagoland area,” Commander Ryan Glew of the Evanston Police Department said on Thursday. “This is not a reliable location, but it was somewhere southeast of Rockford, Illinois.”
Police did not specify if they were able to trace a number to a particular person or a cell phone tower.
The Illinois State’s Attorney’s office says incidents like this are a felony offense. Callers can face up to three years in jail.
The incident is under investigation.