A road rage incident in North Carolina spiraled out of control 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 town of Havelock was captured on viral video posted to Facebook by a witness, podcast host Charles Tendell, who stepped in to intervene.
The seven-minute clip begins in the middle of a shouting match between a black man holding an assault rifle alongside a female companion and the other driver, a white man.
It’s difficult to distinguish what each of them are saying as they shout over each other, but the white man can be heard accusing the black man of trying to run him off the road.
The black man keeps his rifle at the ready on his shoulder as he backs away from the white man advancing toward him.
‘Shoot me motherf**ker,’ the white man yells as the woman who was in the car with the black man yells for him to stop blocking their vehicle.
‘If you attack me I will put you down,’ the black man shouts back as he continues to put distance between himself and the other man.
The dueling groups were standing around a third vehicle driven by Tendell, who asked what the fight was about while his wife recorded the video from the passenger seat.
The woman is heard explaining that her friend did not try to run the other man off the road, and claims that he had followed them into the gas station.
‘He’s been trying to run me off the road, he hopped out of his car – who’s following who?’ the black man says.
‘You pulled a gun on me on the f**king road,’ the white man shouts back.
‘Because you tried to run my s**t off the road!’ the black man yells.
The shouting match continues for several more minutes with the white man refusing to move his vehicle so the black couple can leave.
Asked why he didn’t call the police, the white man states: ‘He tried to run me off the f**king road, he’s gotta man up.’
Tendell then steps out of his car and motions at the black man to step back before calmly trying to talk the white man down.
Meanwhile his wife is heard speaking to a 911 dispatcher on the phone and asking for police to be sent to the scene.
Tendell repeatedly asks the white man to leave, but he refuses, saying: ‘Someone pulled his punk card, now he get clocked.’
‘Be the bigger man, get in your ride and go,’ Tendell says.
‘Nah f**k that,’ the white man replies. ‘I ain’t ridin’ with this, little b******s motherf**ker.’
Tendell then turns around and tries to convince the black man to leave but he refuses, saying that he doesn’t want the white man to get away with attacking him.
Both men resume shouting at each other and refusing to apologize or back down as Tendell accuses them both of acting childish.
About five minutes into the video the white man starts to charge at the black man, prompting Tendell to grab onto him and hold him back.
At that point Tendell’s wife, who is still on the phone with a dispatcher, begins to panic and again pleads for police to be sent over.
Finally the black couple agree to get back in their truck as Tendell continues trying to calm the irate white man down and the video cuts off.
In the comments of the video, which Tendell posted on the Facebook page of his podcast The Charles Tendell Show, he wrote that the dispute ultimately ended without police intervening.
Several commenters praised Tendell for trying to de-escalate the situation, while others noted that he could’ve gotten hurt when he put himself in the middle.
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