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Report of shooting at gas station called a 'hoax'

July 14, 2009

Brookfield police said a reported shooting at an out-of-business gas station on the city’s east side this morning appears to be a hoax.

Police responded to the gas station at 3075 N. 124th St. at 9:35 a.m. after a caller reported that a suspect had shot a worker and was holding a gun to the caller’s head. Officers entered the building but did not find anyone inside.

A press release from Brookfield Police Capt. Phil Horter said the incident remains under investigation but "appears to be a hoax."

The Butler Police Department, the Wauwatosa Police Department, and the Milwaukee and Waukesha County sheriff’s departments assisted the city on the call.

Traffic near 124th Street and Burleigh Road was shut down for approximately 45 minutes.

Wauwatosa police said a Waukesha County dispatcher alerted local police of a call from the gas station. The caller provided a suspect description and license plate number, which turned out to be invalid.

The gas station at the specified location had been boarded up for some time, so police had to wait for someone with a key to arrive so officers could gain access to the building.

Police also checked out other gas stations in the area, but found no problems.

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