Multiple reports that menacing clowns are lurking in the woods — sometimes, allegedly, offering kids cash to follow them — have the residents of Greenville, S.C., looking over their shoulders and even brandishing guns, NBC News reported.
The Greenville County Sheriff's Office said it has boosted patrols around the Fleetwood Manor apartment complex after it learned that men opened fire into woods behind the complex last week. Residents told a deputy that the men were spooked by what an incident report described as "recent clown activity."
A purported picture of one of the clowns — which NBC News hasn't been able to verify — was posted Tuesday to Twitter.
According to the incident report, multiple residents, some of them children, said they saw the clowns — carrying flashing green laser lights — creeping around on the night of Aug. 21. Some of the kids said the clowns showed them "large amounts of money."