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VIDEO: Santa Claus shot with pellet gun at toy giveaway in Southeast

by Kris van Cleave, WJLA-TV/DT, Washington, D.C. | Posted: 12.24.2013 @ 09:29 AM EST

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJLA) --- A man in a Santa Claus suit was shot in the back with a pellet gun earlier this morning at a toy giveaway session in Southeast Washington, D.C.

 

According to an ABC7 photographer who was interviewing the victim at the time of the shooting, the man in the Santa suit was struck in his upper back. He was transported to a nearby hospital, with the pellet still lodged in his shoulder.

 

Witnesses report hearing at least two shots. Police believe they came from a second-story window in a nearby building.

 

"Santa" wanted to continue giving away his presents, but paramedics insisted that he be transported to the hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery. The toy giveaway, meanwhile, continued, with a man disguised as the Grinch filling in..

 

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Santa Johnathan

It's shocking and yet, not surprising this hasn't happened yet. Being the Santa in televised parade located in Oakland, CA ...it's a conversation each year about the safety of those participating in the parade, especially the big red suited guy. It would certainly be a big statement "taking out" Santa in the middle of a parade. 

 

I'm certainly glad it was just a pellet gun but those can cause some pretty darn serious damage too. Very sad indeed. 

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Santa Leonard

I'm surprised this has not happened before.

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Santa John Y

Good grief! So now some need to wear a flack vest under the cool vest?

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Santa Marty

It is always something.

Society is getting out of hand, there is little innocence anymore & people are out for the shock factor. Each time something over the top.

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Santa Joel

Bad, Bad, Bad. Might need something like the Pope mobile, a sleigh with a Plexiglas shield. 

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Santa Johnathan

What's even sadder is the chances of the shooter being a teenager and thinking they were being funny or showing off to friends. It's the same with the "knock out" game (search YouTube) with individuals just not caring for anyone else...no respect, no heart, just stupidity.

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Ricky Claus

NAUGHTY LIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FOR LIFE.

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Santa Arthur

It could have been worse. Remember Ralphie and "You'll shoot your eye out". Fortunately this did not happen.

I remember several years ago when all of the mall Santas in the Denver, Co area were threatened and most malls there went without Santa that year. Hopefully this will not happen again.

Santa Arthur

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Elf Without Jingles

Thanks to the Christmas Eve Washington Post, we now know the victim's name:

 

Man dressed as Santa Claus shot with pellet gun in Southeast Washington

by Peter Hernan, The Washington Post | Published: 12/24/2013

 

EXCERPT:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The man dressed as Santa Claus walking along Stevens Road in Southeast Washington saw three babies peering at him from a window, and then he did what any Santa would do. Pumped with holiday cheer, 50-year-old Xavier Hawkins turned, waved, and shouted the traditional festive greeting.

 

"Man, this is awesome," Hawkins exclaimed on Christmas Eve morning, as he prepared to hand out presents to some 800 needy children. "Oh, yes! Merry ...."

 

And that's when a sharp pain cut through the Maryland resident's upper back. Hawkins, a driver for the global moving company Interstate who had been portraying Santa for the past seven years, had been hit with at least a single blast from a pellet gun.

 

The wound was minor --- a large welt --- and Hawkins was immediately treated at a hospital and released. The shooting was captured by a television cameraman for WJLA (Channel 7) who was filing a story on the 22nd annual gift event.

 

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Santa being Santa, he had an entourage. Co-workers from Interstate, which sponsors the event, children and parents from the neighborhood, and several D.C. Metro Police officers rushed to help, as did members of Hawkins' family --- three daughters (11-year-old twins and a 16-year-old), a nephew, and a 10-year-old grandson.

 

"I told them, 'Remember, if you look at Christmas, you got that little bad boy they call the Scrooge. Well, the Scrooge was out there, and he got your daddy,' " said Hawkins.

 

Interstate sponsors the event in part to recall the company's roots --- it was founded in 1943, in Barry Farm. Although it moved its corporate headquarters to Alexandria, Va. in 1971, its workers continue to help the struggling District neighborhood of Anacostia, which has been beset by crime and economic hardship.

 

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