What Could (Did) Possibly Go Wrong: Drive-By Shooting Prank Edition by Robert Farago | Feb 04, 2014 | 57 comments facebook twitter linkedin email In the last sequence, a “pranked” pedestrian shoots back at the faux drive-by. Who saw that one coming? [h/t JLO] comments Matt in FL says: February 4, 2014 at 16:02 This made me chuckle. You think they tried it again after they took incoming fire? Reply MotoJB says: February 4, 2014 at 16:03 Wow…serious stupidity. Reply Jim Jones says: February 4, 2014 at 16:03 This has to be filmed in CA or NY. Given the snow, I would have to opt for NY. I don’t see where else they could pull this off. Reply DrSheets says: February 4, 2014 at 16:07 How about Chicago? Reply Matt in FL says: February 4, 2014 at 16:19 I was thinking Chicago. Apparently these guys do “pranks” all the time, so I could probably figure out where they were, but I just don’t care that much. Reply RockOnHellChild says: February 4, 2014 at 16:22 I bet they don’t do this prank anymore, you know, after getting shot at and all. Dirk Diggler says: February 4, 2014 at 17:06 looked like Detroit . . . . Reply Bonkers says: February 4, 2014 at 16:21 It’s CA. The guy lives in LA. Reply dlj95118 says: February 4, 2014 at 16:39 …um, not with snow on the ground! Reply DrSheets says: February 4, 2014 at 16:08 Doesn’t this prank constitute a crime? It’s definitely ‘calculated’ to alarm. Reply William Burke says: February 4, 2014 at 16:13 If it’s NOT against the law, something is very, very wrong. Considering the number of things that ARE against the law, but shouldn’t be. NOT. FUNNY. Reply Braenen says: February 4, 2014 at 16:49 Riding with flashing blue lights is a crime. Reply Hannibal says: February 4, 2014 at 21:07 You are obviously not a lawyer or you’d know that it varies from state to state vehicle code. In NY, for example, flashing blue lights are used legally in the personal vehicles of some ‘volunteers’. (I put it in half quotes because some people ‘volunteer’ just to drive around with flashing blue lights) Reply William Burke says: February 4, 2014 at 21:10 Magnificent, Your Grace. ropingdown says: February 4, 2014 at 17:27 The prank certainly records an assault in tort law, and is actionable for damages. Which leads me to conclude the guys on the street were cooperating web exploiters. Whether it is a crime requires knowing the jurisdiction. Reply MW says: February 4, 2014 at 21:29 This. +1. Reply JoshuaS says: February 4, 2014 at 18:50 1. Disturbing the peace 2. Assault (which does not require real intent to harm, but merely to incite fear of harm) 3. Most jurisdictions have laws about blring stereos. 4. Several driving violations 5. In some jurisdictions that blue light is a nono. Reserved for police 6. I am sure there may be others, e.g. inciting a publc panic can be a separate offense IF real, they should be arrested and publicly flogged in my opinion. Imature douchebags Reply Steve Truffer says: February 4, 2014 at 16:09 I kinda wish they’d been hit. Gunfire is not something to present upon another lightly. Reply Coe says: February 4, 2014 at 16:10 …Why did he shoot the ground? Nevertheless, I doubt those punks found that funny after the fact. Reply RockOnHellChild says: February 4, 2014 at 16:26 I’m guessing he doesn’t practice much. Reply Model 31 says: February 4, 2014 at 16:29 street cred. Reply the ruester says: February 4, 2014 at 18:40 He could have bounced those rounds into his friend, who was running instead of taking cover. Not everybody is taught the 4 rules. Reply MattG says: February 4, 2014 at 16:13 I don’t know if this was staged or not, but they are pretty lucky to escape with their lives if it wasn’t. I certainly would have shot back if I was under the impression that they were trying to kill me, and it would not have been at the ground behind them. Whoever is behind these “pranks” is a Darwin Award waiting to happen. Reply NJDevils72 says: February 4, 2014 at 16:13 Looks like some bored white kids trying to pretend they’re ghetto. I hope these a-holes get shot. Reply FoRealz? says: February 4, 2014 at 16:16 Interesting that the pedestrians seemed to have a very tight immediate action drill down pat. The guys who filmed this are ‘tarded. Yup. Reply the ruester says: February 4, 2014 at 18:42 Like you guys always say, practice, practice, practice… Reply Ardent says: February 4, 2014 at 16:20 This reminds me of some teenagers in a neighborhood I used to live in who decided one night to point a laser pointer attached to a toy pistol at passing cars from a parked car. They managed to terrify numerous people in a matter of minutes but before the police could respond they lased the wrong vehicle and received 13 rounds of 9mm to their vehicle for their troubles. No one was hurt, the shooter wasn’t charged and the kids were arrested for aggravated assault. Seriously dumb. It makes one wonder if such ideas aren’t hatched by someone asking what sort of stunt they could pull that might get them killed without definitely getting them killed. Golden Darwin Award candidates indeed. Reply OCD says: February 4, 2014 at 16:32 These asshats will produce another Shannon Watts or equivalent after one of them takes a round to the melon. Reply Dirk Diggler says: February 4, 2014 at 17:07 won’t happen. urban youth. Shannon Watts is a racist and not disposed to favor my tribe. . . . won’t even get a blurb on her MAIG wholly owned subsidiary website Reply Roll says: February 4, 2014 at 16:45 Play stupid games…almost won a stupid prize.. Reply Vhyrus says: February 4, 2014 at 16:52 Anyone want to take a guess at the caliber of the real gun? sounded pretty light.. maybe a 25 or 380? Reply Matt in FL says: February 4, 2014 at 17:11 I think it was too muffled to make any real guess. Reply sagebrushracer says: February 4, 2014 at 18:57 given the given the ghetto urban scenery, I would say anything 9mm and below are valid guesses. Given the sparks thrown, dare I guess at TulAmmo, considering they can have a bi metal jacket. Reply Russ Bixby says: February 4, 2014 at 16:53 Wow. Just, wow. Wow. Reply flatfootedman says: February 4, 2014 at 16:55 Suicide by Bystander Reply Excedrine says: February 4, 2014 at 16:57 Did I see sparks coming off the pavement? I also saw the SUV start driving really fast after the crew inside probably heard the inbound rounds. So fucking stupid, man. Reply JSIII says: February 4, 2014 at 17:00 Looks more like Cleveland or Cincinnati than Chicago. Reply DisThunder says: February 4, 2014 at 17:03 There are cheaper and less equipment-heavy ways to get yourselves killed…. Reply James says: February 4, 2014 at 17:06 The “people” – more accurately described by a term that is usually prefaced with the word “blithering” – in the SUV are intentionally inflicting emotional distress on the pedestrians. That is a tort in civil law. Whether they are committing criminal acts depends upon the laws of the jurisdiction the pranks took place in. Too bad they didn’t try this “humor” against the late Bob Munden. Reply Tomy Ironmane says: February 4, 2014 at 21:24 Yeah, um, it’s an even split between “would figure out that it was a prank quick” and “tag them at up to 200 yards with his .45” Reply PNG says: February 4, 2014 at 17:16 Textbook case of assault and reasonable self-defense as a result. Reply James says: February 4, 2014 at 17:40 I agree. However, each jurisdiction has its own definition of “assault” and judges certainly have differing interpretations of those definitions. This situation is similar to one where someone intentionally shouts “fire” in a crowded theater where there is no fire and gets justly trampled to death in the resulting stampede. If this is a criminal act, a conspiracy also took place since more than one person was involved in the planning, commission, filming, and marketing of the fake shooting videos. Reply PNG says: February 4, 2014 at 18:25 Nice take on possible conspiracy, I never saw it that way, but I am occupied with enough stuff to miss it at this moment! If this is real, hopefully a local judge would follow those basic definitions… Reply Ralph says: February 4, 2014 at 17:19 I bet it took hours to clean the sh1t out of that SUV. Reply VaqueroJustice says: February 4, 2014 at 17:51 I’m thinking it was staged. Most of the other sequences seemed to be filmed from outside the suv, and sparks from blacktop due to a handgun round ? Stranger things have happened, but it seems so hollywood… Reply sagebrushracer says: February 4, 2014 at 19:01 cheap ammo can have bi-metal jackets, those would throw sparks. Tulammo, brown bear, ect. Reply Joel says: February 4, 2014 at 18:25 It would have been more entertaining if a police car just happened to turn onto the block as they started one of these runs. Morons. Reply Drew says: February 5, 2014 at 08:26 Why? Cause of the two women half a block away that would have coughs the bulk of the cops lead? That’s pretty sick man. Reply William Burke says: February 5, 2014 at 15:52 ? :/ Reply PistoleroJesse says: February 5, 2014 at 22:01 delivering papers in a truck no doubt…. 5Spot says: February 4, 2014 at 18:30 Like someone else, said did all the return fire hit the ground?? I’m no comp guy but I could put a entire high capacity assault style magazine clip into the back of that SUV pretty easily. Reply Tom in Oregon says: February 4, 2014 at 18:39 I think this is the video definition of “Stupid people, doing stupid things in stupid places”. Though, I gotta admit. i laughed. Reply Mark says: February 4, 2014 at 19:22 No doubt this was staged. Several things I noticed (and noted by a few above comments as well) Camera guy outside waiting for the kids to walk into the best lit intersections in town. What are the chances or timing on a cold night for the camera men, the guys walking and the SUV to all get into the amazing light all at the same time? In several scenes (ex scene #1) the guys running away from full-auto fire run right up the middle of the street. Even if you’re not too bright, instinctively you know to get behind a car or run between the houses. Not run in a straight line up the street. In scene #2, the gun shots start firing and the guys run, not away from the approaching SUV, but toward it for about 30 ft all so they can find protection from a chain link fence. Oh, and once again they run toward the better lighting conditions instead of the darker, harder to aim area. One of the two biggest giveaways are the return gun shots off the ground. I’m no ballistic expert nor have I shot at a wet road but the sparks on the road burst in an upward and outward direction ( around 1:08 on the video) not in a direction consistent with the angle being fired from. Both windage and elevation angles are very wrong. I’m not even so sure a wet road would cause sparks like that in the first place. This one is the biggest give away. Replay the video and listen to the volume, and tone of the gun fire. In each scene it’s exactly the same. How could the volume be identical from inside the SUV, outside the SUV and the same volume with the SUV down the road and right in front of the cameramen? Listen at :24 sec and then at :36 with your eyes closed. Sounds EXACTLY the same. Also, no echo what so ever even though there are plenty of structures to produce an echo. Clearly the sound was dubbed in on the video. Look, I don’t care how cool you think you are, you’re not going to venture into the hood and play a prank like this as you know there’s a good chance (very good chance) you’re going to get return fire from a real gun. Reply Panzercat says: February 5, 2014 at 19:30 I didn’t do the thorough breakdown you did, but the last shot… The flash and those sparks look incredibly fake in that last scene. Not saying it couldn’t be real, but… I’m calling BS right along with you. Reply NYC2AZ says: February 4, 2014 at 19:27 If they died pulling this prank, they would’ve surely been up for this years Darwin Award. Reply John Fritz says: February 4, 2014 at 19:33 Great video. Thanks for tripping the protection on my sub. Reply Randy Drescher says: February 5, 2014 at 00:48 I can’t throw stones here. As I kid, friends & I tossed a pack of firecrackers over a bridge railing & it landed right next to a cop car. We were lucky they didn’t play hey jude on our skulls with nightsticks. Now, we would have been charged with attacking cops with WMD’s, Randy Reply Write a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.