Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Coulrophobia in the news

From CNN today:

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."

With an entrance fee of under 50 cents, Circo del Sol de Cali attracts mostly poor Colombians. It pitched its tents in Cucuta, near the border with Venezuela, earlier this month.

"The clowns came out to give their show, and then this guy came out shooting them," one audience member told local television. "It was terrible."


Cocovan said...

Send in the....OH!..Right, Nevermind...That was a Bozo NO-NO..

Geritopia said...

I may regret this post.

Joey Polanski said...

Please assure us that Laffin Sal is okay.

Exit Stage Right said...

Did this shooting take place with the aid of a "sixfinger" (or a breast-implanted camera), by any chance?

A-Clem Bosotros said...

I'm laughing on the outside, but crying on the inside.

Geritopia said...

joey - laffin sal has been in hibernation but, due to the early thaw, she'll be springing forth for a sidewalk encounter with you. That'll make for a fine blog entry.

exit - for those not so steeped in hipe code, the man's referring to "chesty morgan agent 77". google it.

a-clem - today's fortune: you have the gift of laughter, don't not use it. 44 - 66 - 57 - 93 hike!