Police rushed to the Georgia home of Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene for the second time in 26 hours on Thursday for another false shooting report, authorities said.
An individual calling herself “Wayne Greene” electronically contacted a suicide crisis center at 2:53 a.m. to report gunshots, police said in Rome, Georgia.
Greene is married with three children, but none of those immediate relatives are named ‘Wayne’.
“The person who called through the chat said they were ‘transgender and claimed to have shot the family,'” according to a police report in Rome. “They also claimed, ‘If someone tries to stop me from shooting myself, I will shoot them.’ They advised ‘they would wait for us’.”
A responding officer spoke to Greene at her door and “warned her as to why we were there,” police said.
Greene has a long history of opposing the LGBTQ community and its supporters, and recently supported a proposal to ban gender-affirming care for transgender minors.
This was the second time in as many days that Greene had been the target of a fake call.
A 911 call made at 1:03 a.m. Wednesday prompted officers in Rome, about 70 miles northwest of Atlanta, to respond to Greene’s home because “a subject was shot multiple times,” police said.
Making a false report of an ongoing crime just to lure the police to the crime scene is known as “swatting.”
Although Thursday’s swatting incident came via electronic chat rather than a phone call, police said they had no choice but to act immediately.
“We take these calls seriously,” Assistant Chief Debbie Burnett said in a statement to NBC News. “It’s a shame that people don’t understand the seriousness of this kind of action.”
The person behind Thursday’s electronic hoax won’t be easier to trace than Wednesday’s caller, but police are “working with other law enforcement partners to identify the suspects,” Burnett added.
Regular Americans and celebrities alike have struck victims, with the most infamous incident occurring in December 2017, when police officers in Wichita, Kansas, fatally shot a man whose home was mistakenly involved in a shooting.
An Ohio gamer, angry over a $1.50 bet while playing “Call of Duty: WWII” online, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for recruiting a prankster to make the deadly fake emergency call.
The person who actually performed the slapping that led to the deadly police shooting was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Tyler Barriss, now 29, has admitted to hitting for years and is serving his term at the Federal Correctional Institution, Phoenix.
Over the past decade, entertainers such as Tom Cruise, Ryan Seacrest, Justin Timberlake, Selena Gomez, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Rihanna have all been the target of false police reports.
David K. Li is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.
Donna Mendell contributed.