Police responded early Tuesday morning to a call of a shooting at a home in Riverside, but the report turned out to be a prank targeting the residence of a teen whose so-called "Damn, Daniel" video has gone viral on social media, authorities said.
About 1:10 a.m., a 911 caller said a man had shot his mother in the head in the 6000 block of Hamilton Drive, according to Lt. Kevin Townsend of the Riverside Police Department.
Police descended on the home and contacted its occupants, who said they “had no idea what (the officers) were talking about,” the lieutenant said. News video showed law enforcement personnel — some armed with rifles — approaching a house as a helicopter shined a spotlight from overhead.
Investigators determined that no shooting had occurred, and they were investigating the call as a “swatting” incident, Townsend said. Swatting is a hoax in which a false report of a crime results in a SWAT-team-like response from authorities, at a place were no wrongdoing has occurred.
Police learned that one of the residents of the Hamilton Drive home is connected to the “Damn, Daniel” video that recently went viral after being published on social media, according to Townsend.
The 30-second clip is a montage of several brief videos, each of which shows the same teenage boy wearing a backpack. Another boy’s voice is heard repeating the phrase “Damn, Daniel.”
"Back at it again with the white Vans," the voice adds, referring to the strutting teen's shoes.
Both boys are students at Riverside Polytechnic High School, the Press-Enterprise reported. Daniel Lara appears in the clip, which was created and narrated by Joshua Holz, according to the newspaper.
The footage was posted on Twitter on Feb. 15. It has since been retweeted more than 290,000 times and “liked” more than 375,000 times.
Police did not specify whether the swatting victim was the boy who is seen in the video or the one who is heard. Public records show the targeted home is owned by two people whose last name is also Holz.