TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)-- Authorities have increased the reward money to almost $24,000.00 for information leading to an arrest in the case of who shot Carol the elephant.
Investigators say the drive-by-shooting happened around 3 am Tuesday morning.
Police say most of their information still centers on a silver or white Ford Explorer seen near the back parking lot of the Bancorpsouth Arena when the shooting happened.
The elephant suffered a dime-sized hole in the shoulder, and the animal's doctor says it's still embedded in Carol's body.
According to the doctor, the bullet should work its way out of the elephant in a few weeks.
Carol is expected to make a full recovery, but investigators are not hanging their hats in the investigation.
Apparently, severeal people saw the Ford Explorer near the scene, including a security person working at the arena.
"Well, as far as anything that's new with the case, we certainly are interviewing anybody that we can locate that was in the area at the time that it happened. We have talked to some other people that were not talked to originally. They have corroborated the fact that the white or silver Ford Explorer with the tinted-out windows is going to be a very viable vehicle that may have been involved in this incident with Carol the elephant," said Captain Rusty Haynes of the Tupelo Police Department.
Circus officials say 95 percent of the Ringling Brothers staff is spending the night in the back parking lot where the shooting took place in their RVs.
Police say some of the employees heard the gunshots Tuesday morning.
"My understanding is that it was not seen in the actual act. There was no flash from the vehicle that could necessarily be detected so far by anybody we've talked to. But, it was located close to the roadway right there in that area. My understanding is that it was the only vehicle in that area at that time," said Haynes.
Captain Haynes is not discouraged that no one has contacted Crimestoppers about the case.
He said it generally takes a day or two for informants to come forward.