Los Angeles police said Thursday they were tracking the hoaxster whose call sent at least a dozen officers and firefighters to singer Miley Cyrus' home Wednesday evening.

"We responded to a call of a kidnapping in progress, one person shot, at an address on Amanda Drive" at 6:50 p.m. PT, a police representative told ABC News, which confirmed the location as Cyrus' mansion.

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After approaching the house with guns drawn, police determined no one was home and that it had been a false call. Law enforcement officials said it was a possible "swatting," in which pranksters call in fake emergencies in order to have a SWAT team converge on a location.

Cyrus was not at home. During the past week, she has been spotted with her fiance, Liam Hemsworth, on the Philadelphia set of his film "Paranoia," MTV.com said.

In California, making a false 911 call is a misdemeanor with penalties of up to a year in jail.