Man accused of shooting brother-in-law while wearing Trump mask, Santa Claus hat and curly white beard
A police car outside the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety in California
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A man in California was accused of attempting to murder his brother-in-law while wearing a rubberized mask that resembled Donald Trump, a Santa hat and a long curly white beard.
In a statement on Saturday, California's Department of Public Security in Rohnert Park said officials had arrested 75-year-old Gerald Jacinth on suspicion of attempted murder after he shot his 77-year-old brother-in-law twice that day outside his home .
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Authorities confirmed that the unnamed victim is recovering in hospital from "serious, non-life-threatening injuries" sustained in the attack.
The department said the incident occurred in Rohnert Park, California, when Mr. Jacinth reached out to his brother-in-law around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday with a duffel bag and a separate package.
"He had parked his black Dodge car across from the victim's house and was wearing an overhead mask resembling Donald Trump, a white long curly beard and a Santa hat as he walked up the driveway," Rohnert Park authorities said in the statement.
The department said the victim met the approaching Mr. Jacinth outside his home but did not recognize him because of the disguise.
After the victim failed to accept the package his brother-in-law called a "special delivery", Mr. Jacinth picked up the duffel bag and shot him twice with the gun hidden in it, according to NBC News.
Authorities said that although "the victim suffered from two gunshot wounds," he "was still able to take a picture of Jacinth getting into his vehicle while trying to escape."
The victim then called the police and the officers who responded arrived at his home just a minute later. They quickly pulled Mr. Jacinth into his car and arrested him after he surrendered.
"When searching the vehicle, officers found a .380 pistol in a travel bag," the department said on Saturday. Authorities also found the mask, beard and hat in Mr. Jacinth's car.
A ordnance disposal team from Sonoma County inspected the package that Mr. Jacinth had left behind on the victim's drive, but found that there was only one towel in it.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Mr. Jacinth is being held in Sonoma County Jail on bail of US $ 1 million (£ 747,348).
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