WATERVILLE — Police are looking for a man who allegedly made a false report Thursday about another person being shot on Norman Avenue.

After police went to the scene just before 1:30 p.m., dispatch officers were trying to get more information from the caller, whose information became conflicting and confusing, according to Deputy Police Chief Charles Rumsey. Police were still working Thursday to identify the caller.

The caller eventually stated that the shooting had taken place an hour earlier and the victim was already in the hospital before hanging up on the dispatcher. After interviewing hospital personnel and investigating the scene of the reported shooting, police believe the report was a hoax and plan to arrest the caller on a charge of making a false report.

“We obviously responded to Norman Avenue, checked the entire area, made contact with all the residents of Norman Avenue and found that nothing was going on there at all,” Rumsey said. “I think the public should know that making false reports can sometimes be perceived as funny, but what it actually does is ties up valuable public resources.”

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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