Facebook video of teen waving gun at McDonald’s leads to arrest
NOTE: Video contains strong language and is NSFW
NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – An 18- year-old from Niles is facing serious charges after he began waiving a gun inside the downtown McDonald’s Tuesday night.
WKBN has obtained the video, posted on Facebook, which led police straight to him.
Justin Riley posted that video while he was eating at the McDonald’s in Niles. When police arrived, he was still inside.
“I had to stop at McDonald’s and charge a n**** phone. Grab some grub, bro,” Riley said in the video.
Moments after Riley posted the video, police got a call from a concerned individual. Fearing for the safety of the patrons and staff of the McDonald’s, police rushed to the store. Riley was still there.The video police obtained from Riley’s Facebook page shows him inside near the rear of the restaurant around 9 p.m. Tuesday.
It’s not clear who he is talking to, but Riley can be seen repeatedly using racial slurs. At the end of the speech, Riley grabs a gun and points it at the camera.
“Things can turn bad,” Niles Police Captain Ken Criswell said. “You can get in a fight, somebody pulls a gun out, and before you know it, you have somebody shot. We are thankful to whoever it was that called it in to us.”
Criswell said that police found a black Cobra Utah 380 pistol on Riley. The gun still had four live rounds inside. Riley had just turned 18 on April 1.
“A week earlier, it would have been a juvenile, now it’s a whole different ball game for him,” Criswell said. “He has some serious issues to face now.”
Obviously this kid is an idiot and has some serious personal issues he needs to deal with. However, it is this kind of thing that makes law abiding gun owners look dangerous.
In some respects this makes gun owners look worse than when a gun is used in a crime. Why? Because people understand guns are used in crimes and usually attribute the actions to criminal behavior.
This on the other hand is exactly what anti-gunners highlight when trying to describe gun owners carrying in public. They like to portray us as people using a firearm to intimidate, and looking for a reason to escalate a situation.
Every law abiding gun owners knows this is absolutely not the reason we carry, and most of us would never do anything like this. Yet here we have someone on camera, in a public place, doing exactly what they bill us as.
As a responsible gun owners, I hope this kid gets punished to the fullest extent. He needs a wake up call in his life, and perhaps a harsh punishment will straighten him out.
Also, as a responsible gun owners, had I seen this in public I most certainly would have told him to put the gun away and stop acting a fool.
Just like at a range when we see someone is being irresponsible with a gun, without putting our own life in jeopardy, we have to step in and try to put a stop to it before someone gets hurt.