Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Two shot in mock Santa train robbery

RANDOM LAKE, Wis., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Authorities say two people were injured with shotgun pellets during a mock train robbery involving Santa Claus in Random Lake, Wis.

A gun mistakenly loaded with bird shot, rather than blanks, injured Thomas E. Rumpff, 49, of Sheboygan and a 14-year-old spectator, said the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department, adding the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The shooting occurred Sunday when Rumpff and other actors pretended to rob a restored 1913 steam train carrying Santa, reported The Sheboygan (Wis.) Press, noting Santa was not injured in the shooting.

An estimated 800 people witnessed the mock shoot-out, though many were unaware anything had gone wrong, said Jerry Thompson, an event organizer.

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