GAINESVILLE, Texas — The wave of clown sightings took a menacing turn in this north Texas town.
Three teens wearing clown masks have been charged with breaking into a woman’s house and shooting her in the face with a pellet gun.
Gainesville police said the terrifying encounter unfolded late Tuesday when the 31-year-old woman awoke from a nap on her couch to find the masked teens armed with BB guns in the house. They spoke Spanish to each other, but said nothing to her.
The intruders then allegedly started shooting around the room when one turned his weapon on the woman, striking her on the nose and arm. They then fled.
Cops caught up with the teens — one who is 13-years-old and the other, 14 — the next day and charged them with burglary. Investigators said the incident appeared to have stemmed from the “escalation of tension” between two students, one of whom is the woman’s son.
Police said the episode was “an isolated incident,” and the fact the teens were wearing masks was “coincidental and not related and not related to any of the recent clown attacks reported in the media.”
But as Halloween approaches, Gainesville Police Chief Kevin Phillips asked members of the community to “take into account recent events locally and nationally as they select costumes.”