PRESS RELEASE
Grand Rapids Police Department

POLICE INVESTIGATING BOGUS SHOOTING CALLS

[Grand Rapids, MN] The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating telephone calls made to Grand Rapids businesses in which the caller reports that someone has been shot in the parking lot behind the business. On the night of March 20th, between 11:34 PM and 11:46 PM, local businesses, including Country Inn and Suites, Holiday, M&H, and Grand Itasca Hospital and Clinic received telephone calls from a male caller. The male caller told the businesses that he wanted them to call 9-1-1 to report that someone had been shot behind their business. The caller said he could not call 9-1-1 himself because the “9” on his cell phone was broken.

When officers responded to each business, they discovered that there was nobody behind the business and there had been no shooting. “It is against the law to report a false crime. We are currently investigating this and when we find the person responsible they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law” said Grand Rapids Assistant Chief Steve Schaar.

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