Authorities said a man wearing a beard, a Santa Claus hat and President Donald Trump’s mask twice shot his son-in-law in California on Saturday.
The Public Security Department in Ronert Park said in a statement that the victim was hospitalized with severe but not life-threatening injuries following the morning attack in Ronart Park, California.
Gerald Jacinth, 75, from Las Vegas, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Ministry officials said he was apparently wearing a disguise when he parked his car across the street from his brother-in-law’s house and came close to hand him a parcel.
“He parked his black Dodge on the other side of the street from the victim’s house, wearing a mask on his head that looked like Donald Trump, a long curly white beard and a Santa Claus hat as he made his way down the driveway,” the authorities said.
Police said the 77-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, met Jacinth outside but did not recognize him. The administration said he did not take the package, which the suspect said was a “special cargo,” and Jacinth lifted a bag of duffle he was carrying and opened fire.
It was not clear if the victim, who was shot twice, was struck by a bullet in the bag.
Police said, “Although the victim suffered two gunshot wounds, he was still able to take a picture of Jacinth as he got into his car while he was running away.”
Public Security officials said that the victim’s wife called 911, and the officers were in the area within a minute. They said that Yasynth was driving nearby when authorities surrounded him and he surrendered.
“While searching the car, officers found 380 pistols in a raincoat bag,” the department said. Police said they also found a beard mask.
A box in victim corridor – it wasn’t clear if it was the expulsion – was deemed suspicious, and the Sonoma County ordnance disposal team responded and eventually decided to have a towel inside.