A road incident in North Carolina got out of hand when a man pulled an assault rifle on a fellow driver who accused him of throwing up gang signs.
The heated confrontation at a gas station in the city of Havelock was recorded as viral video posted to Facebook by a witness, podcast host Charles Tendell, who intervened to intervene.
The seven-minute clip begins in the middle of a screaming match between a black man with an assault rifle next to a female companion and the other driver, a white man.
It’s hard to tell what they all say when they yell at each other, but the white man can accuse the black man of trying to chase him off the road.
The black man holds his gun ready on his shoulder as he backs away from the white man coming to him.
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A road incident in North Carolina got out of hand when a black man pulled a machine gun over a white man accusing him of throwing up gang signs. None of the men involved in the heated confrontation captured on video have been identified
“Shoot me bastard,” yells the white man, while the woman who was in the car with the black man yells that he shouldn’t block their vehicle again.
“If you attack me, I’ll put you down,” the black man calls back, keeping a distance between him and the other man.
The dueling groups lined up around a third vehicle driven by Tendell, who asked what the fight was about while his wife was recording the video from the passenger seat.
The woman is heard explaining that her boyfriend has not tried to knock the other man off the road and claims that he followed them to the gas station.
“He’s trying to get me off the road, he jumped out of his car – who’s following?” the black man says.
“You pulled a gun on me on the f ** king road,” the white man calls back.
“Because you tried my best to get off the road!” the black man shouts.
It’s hard to tell what they all say when they yell at each other, but the white man can accuse the black man of trying to scare him off the road
A woman is heard sitting in the car with the armed black man explaining that the other man was actually trying to drive them off the road and then following them to the gas station
The heated confrontation at a gas station in the city of Havelock was captured on viral video posted to Facebook by witness, podcast host Charles Tendell, who intervened to intervene
The screaming match continues for several minutes, with the white man refusing to move his vehicle so that the black couple can leave.
When asked why he didn’t call the police, the white man says, “He tried to chase me off the f ** king road, he needs to find a man.”
Tendell then gets out of his car and gestures to the black man to take a step back before trying calmly to speak to the white man.
Meanwhile, his wife is heard speaking to an emergency center over the phone and asks that the police be sent on the spot.
Tendell repeatedly asks the white man to leave, but he refuses and says, “Someone pulled his punk card, now he’s being clocked.”
“Be the bigger man, get involved and go,” says Tendell.
“Nah f ** k that,” replies the white man. “I’m not kidding about this, little bastard.”
Tendell then turns around and tries to convince the black man to leave, but he refuses and says he doesn’t want the white man to get away by attacking him.
Both men continue to yell at each other and refuse to apologize or go back because Tendell accuses them of childish behavior.
Tendell (right) tries to convince the armed man to withdraw and drive away
The video ends with Tendell holding the white man back while the other couple leaves
About five minutes after the video, the white man starts attacking the black man, prompting Tendell to grab hold of him and stop him.
Just then, Tendell’s wife, who is still on the phone with a coordinator, begins to panic and begs again to send police.
In the end, the black couple agrees to get back in their truck while Tendell continues to try to calm the enraged white and the video is interrupted.
In the video’s comments, which Tendell posted on the Facebook page of his podcast The Charles Tendell Show on July 17, he wrote that the dispute ultimately ended without police intervention.
Several commentators praised Tendell for trying to de-escalate the situation, while others noted that he may have been injured placing himself in the middle.
The men in the video have not been identified, and DailyMail.com has contacted Havelock and Tendell Police for additional information.