Stephen Collins, '7th Heaven' Star, Still Alive After False Shooting Report On Twitter

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 18: Actor Stephen Collins promotes NBC's 'Revolution' at WonderCon Anaheim 2014 - Day 1 held at Anaheim Convention Center on April 18, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 18: Actor Stephen Collins promotes NBC's 'Revolution' at WonderCon Anaheim 2014 - Day 1 held at Anaheim Convention Center on April 18, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

Police responded to reports of a gunshot at the Los Angeles home of actor Stephen Collins on Tuesday night, but say reports the "7th Heaven" star had shot himself are untrue.

Collins had been in the news all day after he was reportedly heard on a recording obtained by TMZ confessing to child molestation and exposing himself.

On Tuesday night, someone reported a gunshot at Collins' home in the Tarzana neighborhood. The Los Angeles Police Department told Buzzfeed that officers responded, but didn't find anything.

LAPD officer tells me there was no shooting tonight at Stephen Collins home. He is “alive and well” and not even at that location

— Jon Passantino (@passantino) October 8, 2014

However, reports spread on social media that Collins had shot himself after former "Baywatch" actress Donna D'Errico, who lives in the same neighborhood, tweeted: "That guy from 7th Heaven lives right around the corner from me & just shot himself a few minutes ago..."

She later deleted the tweet, but it had already been retweeted numerous times -- and, in a number of cases, the information was repeated without attribution.

D'Errico later deleted the tweet and apologized for spreading false rumors:

I just tweeted out what I was being told by my neighbor who were on scene. I apologize for tweeting what I'd heard before confirming it.

— Donna D'Errico (@DonnaDErrico) October 8, 2014

Her mea culpa led to the following responses from the LAPD's social media coordinator:

@DonnaDErrico @LAcrimes That why I dont tweet anything that my neighbor tells me

— Officer Lee (@LAPDLee) October 8, 2014

The amount of false information that was being tweeted regarding the Tarzana incident is mind blowing. Lets check facts next time, people.

— Officer Lee (@LAPDLee) October 8, 2014

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