TUPELO, Miss. (April 9, 2013)—A reward was offered Tuesday after a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus elephant was hit by a bullet in a drive-by shooting in Tupelo, Miss.
Circus spokeswoman Melinda Hartline said the elephant was not seriously hurt Tuesday and said says no other animals were harmed.
The elephant, Carol, is part of a circus in town for a series of performances.
The Asian elephant was in an outside area of the Tupelo BancorpSouth Arena.
Police Chief Tony Carleton says a vehicle drove past the arena about 2 a.m. and someone inside of it fired into the area.
Police are investigating.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said in a news release that it is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible.
A $250 reward was offered earlier.
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