DC Santa Shot in Back by Pellet Gun
And barely misses a beat as helpers step up
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2013 6:03 AM CST
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(Newser) – Grandma may have escaped that perennially reckless reindeer this year, but somebody with a pellet gun got the better of a guy playing Santa in southeast DC, reports the Washington Post. "Man, this is awesome," Xavier Hawkins was crowing just before he was shot in the back yesterday at an event to give out presents to 800 needy children. (The whole thing was caught on camera by a WJLA cameraman.) Fortunately, Hawkins suffered only a welt, and his helpers immediately stepped up to distribute gifts. Police haven't made any arrests, but the story ends well enough and with no shortage of Christmas spirit: "One of the first things the officer did was question the Grinch," jokes an event organizer. "He told the officer he didn’t have anything to do with this."

As for Hawkins, who was quickly treated and released from a local hospital only to return as the last gifts were being handed out, the incident hasn't even dented his enthusiasm. People "all asked me the same question: ‘Santa, are you coming back next year?’ I told them, 'Sure I am, God willing.'"

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Dec 26, 2013 5:45 AM CST
Does anyone know where George Zimmerman was?
Dec 26, 2013 1:14 AM CST
Angry christian identity hate groups taking back 'their' country again I guess.
Dec 25, 2013 1:46 PM CST
I guess the crazies got tired of trying to get him as he flew and decide instead to ambush Santa when he was grounded. Isn't the near fatal shoot down of Santa by the Soviet Union back in the 1970's enough tragedy for this man? And we really need to improve our mental health system nation wide. We can thank Ronald Reagan for starting the trend to minimize all health funding, first in CA then in DC. Now we have Obama and a bunch of idiot Republicans continuing to make our lives more miserable every year. I say fire every one from the president down to every member of the current congress. Strip them of their assets and houses and pensions and health benefits. Give them only unemployment insurance to live on while they try to find the kinds of jobs that 99.9% of the US work force is employed in. I hear Wal-Mart is hiring for the holidays. Perhaps Newt can get a job there.