A popular social media prankster dressed up as a clown had an extremely close encounter with death when one of his male “victims” pulled out a handgun.
Sadiq Mohammad, 20, told KCRA that he was pranking people while dressed up as a clown in Stockton, California last week. His friend then recorded all of the incidents to get peoples reactions which would later be put up on social media. He pranked a kid playing basketball and some Taco Bell drive thru employees.
When Mohammad attempted to scare a man walking on the sidewalk by jumping out of the bushes in the costume, the man reacted by pulling out a handgun and then pistol-whipping Mohammad over the head saying the prank was “played out.”
Mohammad then sprinted down the street to get away from the man. While running away, the man then held up the handgun and pointed it at him.
“When that thing hit me, I was literally like, ‘Oh dang, it’s a prank, it’s a joke, it’s a camera right there,'” Mohammad said. “If I didn’t tell him it was a prank, if I wouldn’t have run, I felt like he would have shot me.”
Sacramento attorney Kresta Daly told KCRA that pulling the gun on Mohammad is not reasonable force to defend himself from a clown that jumped out of the bushes.
“By the time the clown is saying it’s a prank and, you know, trying to get away and visibly being very scared, the threat has ended.” Daly said. “And the right to self-defense ends when the threat ends.”
Mohammad said that following the incident, he won’t be making any more clown pranks.
“Lesson learned is, like, people don’t play with the clown stuff,” he said. “Like, people really will shoot anybody.”