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Man dressed as Santa shot with pellet gun in US

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-12-25

A man dressed as Santa Claus on Tuesday suffered minor injuries after being shot in the back with a pellet gun while handing out toys in Washington.

A local news crew was interviewing the man at the time of the Christmas Eve shooting in the capital's Southeast district and filmed the morning incident.

The man was struck in the upper back and could be seen bending over, reaching for his back and screaming out in pain after loud popping sounds.

"It's a pellet gun," he said between moans, as concerned neighbours gathered around him.

"Someone's shooting. Someone just shot me," the man added.

The Washington Post said the man was admitted to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was released later in the day.

Authorities were "conducting an investigation into this assault," the Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement. No potential motive for the attack was listed.

WJLA, whose cameraman was on the scene, said the toy giveaway carried on.

The station reported that Santa's helper wanted to keep giving out toys, but he was ordered to hospital and a man dressed as the Grinch took over the duties.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
 

Date created : 2013-12-25

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