Police: Active shooter call at Mankato West a hoax

Police say a report of an active shooter at West High School on Wednesday was a hoax.

Mankato Public Safety responded to the call at 10:30 a.m.

The entire school was searched, but police found there was no threat, according to a press release.

The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office was among the law enforcement agencies responding to a report of an active shooter at Mankato West High School on Sept 21, 2022. The report was part of a nationwide hoax, or “swatting” incident.

Police say the call was likely “swatting,” which is when someone makes a prank call to law enforcement, claiming an emergency at a real address and waiting for someone to respond.  Mankato police say several other schools in the region received similar calls providing identical details.

The call is believed to be part of a nationwide swatting incident confirmed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Public Safety at 911 or (507) 387-8725.

The incident came the day after an incident with a firearm involving a male student in a parking lot near Mankato West.

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