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.
“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.”