“Ricky Thornton, the pickup truck driver [who pointed a gun at a biker in a video gone viral], told mySA.com that the bikers had been driving recklessly prior to the events shown in the video. ‘Anybody in their right minds going to know there’s a little more to it than just him walking up to my damn truck,’ Thornton said. “Thornton, a 54-year-old mechanical contractor from Irving, said bikers were weaving in and out of traffic, cutting off other drivers and popping wheelies on the freeway. One biker leaned on his truck at a stoplight before the events of the video, Thornton said. A biker also almost wiped out in front of his truck while he was driving, he said. At another point . . .
Thornton said that 10 or 12 bikers surrounded his truck.
“I was completely surrounded by motorcycles,” Thornton said. “I definitely felt threatened. I would not have pulled my gun out if I had not felt threatened.”
Thornton, who described himself as a biker, stood by his actions: he said his attention had been focused on the other bikers when the motorcyclist who filmed the encounter rapped on his passenger window, startling him.
“I would do it again if the same situation came up,” Thornton said.
The 54-year-old Texas man, who said he was in Nevada on business, told mySA.com that he believes the bikers were trying to provoke him.
“They tried to get a response out of me and they got one,” Thornton said.