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Circus elephant hit in drive-by shooting

TUPELO, Miss. – Authorities say 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. She says no other animals were harmed.

The elephant, Carol, is part of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus that is in town for a series of performances. The Asian elephant was in an area outside where the circus keeps animals at the Tupelo BancorpSouth Arena.

Police Chief Tony Carleton said a vehicle drove past the arena about 2 a.m. and fired into the area. Police are investigating.

A $250 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest.

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