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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Johns Creek Police said the reports of a shooting at Country Club of the South Thursday afternoon were a hoax.

According to Doug Nurse with Johns Creek Police, police in Alpharetta received a phone call from a home in the 7000 block of Carlyle. The caller claimed to have shot three people and said that he was holding a female hostage.

Police were cautious and set up a perimeter, using a speaker to tell everyone else inside the home to come out -- which included a nanny and two children.

After checking the scene, investigators found the call had been an elaborate hoax and that the shooting reports were false.

11Alive's Karyn Greer talked with the owner of the home who said he is coming home from out of town and someone pulled a prank on him.

This type of hoax is called "swatting" when someone tries to get police to respond to a false report.

Officials said they cannot remember being "swatted" or duped by a fake call, and certainly not to the extent where they were led to believe that people may be hurt or dying, and that a gunman was on the loose.

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