Nikki Haley has been targeted in two beating incidents in the past month

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Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haleywho is seeking the Republican nomination for president, was the target of two beating Incidents that occurred in recent weeks at her home in South Carolina.

The two incidents, which occurred within days of each other, prompted local law enforcement to respond to Haley’s residence on Kiawah Island. She was not home at either time.

On Dec. 30, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Patrol Unit responded to a 911 caller who claimed to have shot a woman and threatened to harm herself at Healey’s address, according to county records.

Two days later, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call about someone saying a woman had shot her daughter and was going to shoot herself, records show.

Law enforcement officials said they both met with a caregiver for Haley’s parents, ages 87 and 90, at the home and confirmed the calls were hoaxes.

A spokesperson for Haley’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday night.

A spokesman for the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that both cases have been closed but will be reopened if the agency receives new leads.

“False reports to law enforcement are not only criminal, but also extremely dangerous as well as a waste of taxpayer dollars and public resources,” spokeswoman Amber Allen said in a statement. “These types of cases are difficult to investigate because they are made up of untraceable phone numbers. However, law enforcement is tracking these incidents, and we are working alongside our state and federal partners to identify perpetrators when possible.”

Discussing the first strike incident, Haley said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that it “shows the chaos that is surrounding our country right now and the fact that these things are happening.”

Swatting involves falsely reporting a crime in progress to lure police to a specific location.

Reuters Reported for the first time Both of the beating incidents targeted Hailey.

A wave of beating incidents targeted government officials in recent weeks.

Most recently, Rep. Shontel Brown, D-Ohio, said Monday that she had been targeted in a swatting attempt, leading local police to be directed to her Ohio address.

“We must return to debate with respect, respect elections, and remove all acts of violence and intimidation from our democracy,” she said in a statement.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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