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Dozens of heavily armed police officers descended on a home in Long Beach, Long Island, thinking they might find a grisly murder scene. Instead they found a terrified woman who had no clue what they were talking about and her teenaged son playing video games. 

It happened on Tuesday and police still have not been able to track the source of the call.

"We received a phone call from a gentleman who stated he had just shot his mother and his brother," Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney said. "Unfortunately, this is a terrible national problem for law enforcement. It's called swatting."

The call was a hoax. Police are investigating whether the teenager's video game opponent made the call as revenge for losing the game, Tangney said. The boy was playing "Call of Duty." The hoax call came in shortly after Rafael Castillo had "killed" an opponent in the game.

"When people playing a video game, if they lose they call the police and mimic the person that they lost to and say that they've killed family members and then they see how many people they can get to come down there," Tangney said.

When cops responded to the house, the Castillo was wearing gaming headphones and didn't respond to calls from the officers, who had surrounded the house.

"He was quite stunned. He was very shaken up by it," Tangney said. "He had no idea we were coming so we really caught him by the helm of surprise. ... I'm just hopeful that people realize just how dangerous this is and these foolish people stop this antic."

Police are trying to track down the caller using his IP address. The hoax shut down the neighborhood. Several departments responded.

The FBI is now involved in attempting to track down the person who made the call.

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