Police say man wearing Trump mask, hat and Father Christmas beard shot brother-in-law

Police say man wearing Trump mask, hat and Father Christmas beard shot brother-in-law

A man with a beard and Father Christmas hat and wearing a mask of President Donald Trump shot his brother-in-law twice in California, according to California authorities. The victim suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The incident took place in Rohnert Park, California. According to park authorities, Gerald Jacinth, 75, of Las Vegas, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He was disguised as he parked across the street from his relative’s house and approached to hand him a package.

“He parked his black Dodge car across the street from his brother-in-law’s house, got out wearing a mask resembling Donald Trump with a white long curly beard and a Santa hat, walked up the driveway and fired a shot,” Rohnert Park authorities said.

According to police, the 77-year-old victim, whose name has not been released by police, met the assailant in the street but did not recognise him. He did not pick up the bag, which the suspect said was a “special delivery”, and the man picked up a sports bag and opened fire. “Although the victim sustained two gunshot wounds, he was still able to take pictures of the gunman getting into his car as he fled,” police said.

When authorities trapped him, he surrendered. When officers searched the vehicle, they found a gun, a mask and a beard in a sports bag.