Thursday, February 22, 2007

Gunman kills 2 clowns in Colombian circus

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) -- Two clowns were shot and killed by an unidentified gunman during their performance at a traveling circus in the eastern Colombian town of Cucuta, police said Wednesday.

The gunman burst into the Circo del Sol de Cali on Monday night and shot the clowns in front of an audience of 20 to 50 people, local police chief Jose Humberto Henao told Reuters.

One of the clowns was killed instantly, and the second died the next day in hospital.

"The killings had nothing to do with the show the victims were performing at the time of the incident," Henao said in a telephone interview. "We are investigating the motive."

One audience member told BigBigNews, "There's a definite lesson to be learned from this. Never bring a pie to a gunfight."

In speaking with BigBigNews, Police Chief Henao stated there does seem to be clear indications of "funny business." [Source: CNN]

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