In the late 1970s, a group of young kids, mostly in their teens, were visiting Mickey Mouse in a park in New Orleans when they saw a man with a gun on the ground.
He looked to be about 40 years old.
“He was like a skeleton,” says George Ruel, a young boy who attended the park.
Ruel says the gunman fired his gun multiple times and ran away, leaving the man lying on the floor.
“There were a bunch of people running around trying to find him, and he was still alive.
He was just laying there,” Ruel says.
Police were called, and they found the gunman, Mickey Mouse, lying in the street, dead from multiple gunshot wounds.
“It was like the worst nightmare.
I could feel my heart pounding in my chest,” Riel says.
The killer was eventually arrested and charged with first-degree murder, but was later acquitted.
Mickey Mouse, whose name is synonymous with the French word for fairy tale, has been a fixture in many cultures since the early 1900s.
He has been portrayed as a good-hearted and generous fairy who protects the innocent and helps the weak.
Mickeys popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, with merchandise sold in China, India and the United States, and the iconic character has been adapted into a series of movies and TV shows.
Michelangelo, the 19th-century Italian painter who is best known for his frescoes and fresco paintings, also died in a shooting spree in New Jersey in 2013.
He had been shot multiple times by a gang of gunmen.