The Detroit News is reporting that a man dressed as Santa shot two men after an early-morning confrontation at a local gas station on Sunday.
The argument — which was over a woman — at first seemed to have ended civilly. But when the two men turned to go to their car, the man in the Santa outfit later told police he opened fire because he believed they were going to get a weapon. Santa shot one victim in the chest and another in the hand.
“Apparently, there was an argument over Santa’s girlfriend — Mrs. Claus,” Detroit Police Officer Adam Madera told the Detroit News.
Two off-duty officers chased down Santa and arrested him three blocks away in view of stunned bystanders. According to officials, the victim shot in the chest is in critical condition and the one shot in the hand is in temporary serious condition.