ROHNERT PARK, California — A man donning a Santa Claus beard and hat and rubber Donald Trump mask walked up and shot his estranged 77-year-old brother-in-law right in front of his house, cops said.
The victim was hospitalized with two gunshot wounds which were considered serious but not life-threatening, the Rohnert Park police said. Gerald Jacinth, 75, of Las Vegas, was caught soon after and charged with attempted murder.
The bizarre encounter unfolded Saturday morning when Jacinth drove up to his brother-in-law’s home in Sonoma County north of San Francisco wearing the goofy get-up while carrying a .380 handgun. He then walked up to the victim and tried to hand him a present.
“He had parked his black Dodge car across the street from the victim’s house wearing an over the head mask resembling Donald Trump, white long curly beard and a Santa hat as he made his way up the driveway,” the Rohnert Park authorities said.
The 77-year-old victim, whose name was not released by police, met Jacinth outside but did not recognize him, police said. He would not take the package, which the suspect said was a “special delivery.” Jacinth then raised a duffle bag he was carrying and opened fire, cops said.
“Even though the victim was suffering from two gunshot wounds,” police said, “he was still able to take a photo of Jacinth getting into his vehicle as he was fleeing.”
The victim’s wife dialed 911, and officers were in the area almost immediately and caught up to Jacinth driving nearby. He was quickly cornered and surrendered, police said.
“While searching the vehicle, the officers found a .380 handgun in a duffle bag,” the department said. They also found the mask, beard and hat police said.
A box found in the victim’s driveway was deemed suspicious and the bomb squad was called, but its contents were later determined to be a towel.