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'Santa' Shot with Pellet Gun at D.C. Toy Giveaway

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Photo courtesy ABC affiliate WJLA Photo courtesy ABC affiliate WJLA

WASHINGTON (WRIC)—A man dressed in a Santa suit was shot in his upper back with a pellet gun while at a Southeast D.C. toy giveaway on Christmas Eve morning.

A photographer at ABC affiliate WJLA was interviewing the victim at the time of the shooting and caught the entire incident on tape.

Witnesses heard two shots fired, and police say they came from a second-story window in a nearby building.

According to WJLA, the victim wanted to continue giving away presents, but paramedics insisted he go to the hospital. He was taken to the hospital with a pellet remaining in his shoulder.

"Santa" is expected to make a full recovery. Thanks to a man dressed as the Grinch, the toy drive went on.


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