Report: phone call led to false shooting report

Report: phone call led to false shooting report

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A police chief says a phone call to his village water department led to an investigation into a possible shooting at Ohio University.

Bryan Mount, chief in Mount Orab in southwestern Ohio, says the Tuesday afternoon caller claimed to have shot his mother and gave an address in Athens, more than 100 miles away.

Mount tells the Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/UdI9Xr ) he directed a dispatcher to notify authorities, not realizing the address was an Ohio University dormitory.

Mount says the caller, who gave his name as John Jackson, claimed to be calling from his iPod but police believe the call was probably made from a computer, making it untraceable.

No sign of a shooting was found at the university in Athens, about 65 miles southeast of Columbus.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com