Earlier this week, two armed men in Texas engaged in a shootout in the middle of the street. Apparently, they got into a minor fender-bender and things quickly escalated. Shockingly, part of the incident was caught on video by a news crew who were in the area working on a different story.
According to reports, the altercation began at around 2:45 PM when two unidentified men, one in a blue Jeep and the other in a gray Nissan sedan, got into a car accident while driving down a street in Houston, Texas. As of now, it’s unclear what caused the accident.
After crashing into each other, the two men, both of whom were armed, then emerged from their vehicles and began arguing. After briefly shouting at one another, they then pulled out their respective handguns and started engaged in a tense shootout right there in the middle of the street while other drivers who’re completely unaware of the danger that they were in passed by.
Upon hearing multiple shots fired, video journalist Gerzain Garcia and reporter Erica Simon, who were nearby working on a different story for ABC News affiliate KTRK, rushed over and began filming. Although the two men had stopped shooting, both were caught on video shouting and pointing their weapons at each other.
Unsurprisingly, the shootout terrified numerous nearby bystanders.“He was just wielding the gun everywhere, shooting bullets,” recalled one witness, noting, “I felt so helpless because I wanted to tell everyone to stop going there.”
Shortly after the shootout began, local police officers showed up to the scene and took both men into custody. They placed one of them behind bars and brought the other, who had been shot in the chest during the altercation, to the hospital. Sadly, in addition to one of the shooters, an innocent bystander was also struck by one of the bullets and also had to be taken to the hospital.
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While speaking with reporters shortly after filming the last part of the incident, Garcia urged others to act differently if they find themselves in a similar situation. “If you get into an accident, call the police, or drive to a gas station to wait,” stated Garcia.
“Don’t start shooting at each other,” he continued, adding, “a bystander who had nothing to do with this was injured. And it could have been even worse.”
Surprisingly, this is not the only time this week that officers have had to respond to an unusual call involving someone in the middle of the road. Several days ago, a man high on meth in Washington was taken into custody by local police so that he could have his mental health evaluated after they found him standing in a busy intersection shouting and waving around both a rifle and handgun.
Specifically, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department recently placed an unidentified 54-year-old man from Eatonville, Washington in handcuffs and took him to a nearby hospital for a 14-day mental health evaluation after they responded to a call about suspicious activity. They arrived and found the suspect standing in the middle of a busy intersection “waving around an AK-47” and a loaded Ruger .357 revolver. Concerned, the officers then ordered him to lay on the ground, which he did.
However, when the officers approached and tried placing him in handcuffs, he began to resist. In an attempt to gain control over the suspect, two of the officers pulled out their Tasers and used them on him, which got him to stop struggling and allowed the officers to successfully put him in handcuffs.
Upon being placed in handcuffs, the arresting officers asked him what he was doing. Shockingly, he reportedly told them that he was under direct orders from President Donald Trump “fight the lizard people,” who he claimed had surrounded him in the intersection. Apparently, he was making a scene to try and “attract the news vans” so that they could document his story.
Road rage is completely unacceptable and must not be tolerated. Hopefully, both men are severely punished for putting each other, as well as countless innocent bystanders, in grave danger.