The dashcam owner and his partner were surprised to hear a gun popping off within feet of where he was driving.

Presumed Phoenix resident and Redditor /u/average_asian_male and his partner shared front and rear dashcam footage to the /r/IdiotsInCars subreddit showing the unbelievable moment a passenger riding along in the fast lane started unloading his gun in the air for no apparent reason.

OP’s thread is linked here, with a copy of his video posted below.

The incident took place on August 20, 2023 around 6 P.M. on I-17 (better known as Black Canyon Freeway) in Phoenix, AZ (exact location on Google Maps linked here.)

As his dashcam video shows, OP and his partner are traveling in Lane 3 when all of a sudden he hears gunshots.

Looking in his mirrors, he sees the gunfire is coming from a new-ish Ford F-150 overtaking them in the fast lane.

After discharging his weapon, the F-150 speeds off.

I counted 13 shots.

“This makes proud gun owning law abiding citizens like myself infuriated, /u/MuddinMumsie comments.

“That stupid a**hat should be hunted down by law enforcement & arrested IMMEDIATELY. The law of gravity (as well as common F*****g sense) applies meaning…”

“What goes up, must come down.”

While it’s the consensus that a bullet fired straight up is far less dangerous than one fired at an angle, that doesn’t appear to be the case here.

As you can see, this gun is not being fired a few degrees from a perfect 90 degrees. Plus, the truck is moving, too.

While the passenger attempts to shoot straight up, he’s doing so in not the most ideal of conditions, likely inducing arc and trajectory making the bullet potentially even more fatal.

“Bullets fired up at an angle will maintain their ballistic spiral and trajectory. They will fly in an arc and they can and do come down and kill people.” (source)

OP does not mention if he called it in.

Firing your gun in the air for no reason within the city of Phoenix is considered reckless discharge and, according to the Gaxiola, Litwak & Rascón Law Group, “…can result in a felony charge with up to three years in prison.”


  1. While this moron should definitely be arrested, those bullets cannot hurt anyone while coming down, the immense thrust from the powder charge coming out is what does the damage, but on the way down, the 100+ grain bullet is no more dangerous than a tiny pebble falling !!

    • That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. If it wasn’t dangerous why would you be eligible for up to 3 years in prison.

    • You definitely failed physics and don’t know much about ballistics. If you could actually fire straight up you would be close to correct but in there real world no one ever actually fires up at 90 degrees and since you’re in a car you’re adding roughly 80mph of horizontal velocity to the equation. People die every single year from celebratory gunfire. Just in Puerto Rico about one person is killed every 3 years on average on new years. Your assessment is dangerously negligent and completely wrong.


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