Teen Points Gun At Man In Drive-Thru, Which Turned Out To Be BB Gun: What Would You Have Done?


When teens are stupid, it can potentially have deadly consequences. While an armed citizen wasn’t in the area at the time of this incident, I can only help but wonder what may have happened if that were different. Let’s share the details, and then gather some opinions based on this real-life scenario that played out just a few days ago:

Bralin Wright, 17, of Douglas Street Northwest was charged with misdemeanor aggravated menacing and released to his father Thursday evening after police said he pointed a BB gun at a man and his son in the drive-thru lane at the McDonald’s on South Street.

Three other males, all 17 or 18 years old and from Warren, were in the car with Wright, but all were released without being charged. Wright’s charges will be filed in juvenile court.

The victim in the incident, who is from Southington, told police the car containing the four teens was in front of him in the drive-thru, but it didn’t move forward, so the man used his horn.

The incident occurred at 4:59 p.m.

The man said he could see a male in the back seat “lift up a gun.” Then, “A second male on the driver’s side then stuck a gun out the window and pointed the gun back toward him.” The man told his son, 11, to “get down.”


The victim took down the license plate number of the vehicle and called police, who eventually found the teens and pulled them over.

From the source article, I couldn’t find any information as to what happened after the victim told his son to “get down”. Did the car ahead of them take off? Did the victim take off? I just don’t know.

What could have been the response of an armed citizen?

Well for starters, our main objective is to try and remove ourselves from the situation if we’re able to. This scenario, however, could prove to make this first response difficult. If you’re in a drive-thru and have a vehicle in front of you, it may be tricky to get away in a quick and effective manner. It’s one reason why I leave at least a car’s-lenth between my vehicle and the one in front of me. This holds true in a drive-thru, at a red light, you name it. It’s best to give yourself that extra space… just in case.

It’s tough to say, simply because I wasn’t there, but a firearm pointed in your direction is a credible threat. It doesn’t matter if it was a fake gun or a bb gun, because it likely still looked like a gun. The real question here is; why was this teenager so stupid?

The question remains: If you were in a similar situation and were unable to remove yourself from it quickly, what would be your next move after telling your child passenger to “get down”?

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

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  • t_reese

    At this stage in my life I’ve been shot at before, beaten Cancer and still lived almost 68 years so I have to say, if you point a real looking gun at me, I will return the favor AND pull the trigger!

  • nunya biznatch

    I’ve seen the video. That drunk teen is REALLY lucky that didn’t happen in a state with many concealed carriers.

  • Jared

    People who stay a car length away from the one in front in a drive through cause other people to not be able to pull up and order. Slows everything down for all customers. Oh, and those teens would have had a bad day after pointing a gun at me.

    • Dr Dave

      Not too concerned about slowing others down from grabbing their McD fix I am as agreed far more concerned about being boxed in. I was taught driving by a LEO tactical team leader who taught us to always be able to see the BOTTOM of the rear tires of the vehicle in front of you 100% of the time. If you do that you will never be boxed in. So far I have yet to drive in any vehicle that that recommendation wasn’t valid. Be it my Mercedes my AC Shelby Cobra or my Genesis or Ranger all vehicles so far have allowed enough turning room to get out from behind someone without going into reverse as long as I can see the bottom of the rear tires
      Dr D

    • Marcy Lyn

      people still eat at McD’s ? Yuck

  • Go Faster

    The scenario would’ve played out in a bad way for the idiot pointing the gun at me. Most likely the 11 year old would’ve been all three of my grandsons who I tote around with me 90% of the time. My first instinct would be to get the away from the situation as I prefer not to draw fire with my family in the truck had it been he had real gun and take a chance of injury or death to my family but if I had been by myself I most likely would have fired at the idiot.

  • Michael Visco

    Ram there car to kinda get them thinking and stunned. Call the cops and hold them at gun point. I figure if they pull a gun on me weather fake or real, they are still treating my life so I should do what ever I can even if it means ramming them with my car.

  • Mi

    Future Darwin Award winner.

  • Steven C Reigel

    It depends on whether I could quickly remove myself from the situation and whether the line of fire was clear in front of the me and the parking lot. If I could remove myself without having to pull alongside the car with the teens in it, that’s what I would have done. If I was blocked in with nowhere to go and the line of fire was clear, I would have pulled my conceal carry and opened fire at the closet target to me. If the second teen continued to point his gun at me, I would have taken him out as well. If the line of fire was not clear, I would have pulled my conceal carry and tried to disarm them without bloodshed. Like someone else said, I may have tried to ram the car to distract them and then jumped out of the car with my gun pulled to try and disarm them. While all of this was happening, I would have told my son to get down and call 911 on his cell phone. I guess the bottom line is, I would have done whatever was necessary to protect my son and try not to hurt any innocent bystanders. I live in Virginia and do conceal carry 24×7, so this would have been a real situation if it happened to me.

  • paulm53

    I would have apologized sincerely to his parents for the loss of thier retarded son.

  • EckoLogic, LLC

    Your kid is with you…. you got to get the hell away, not turn it into a gunfight. If your assessment is that gun fight is your only option then you better get out of the car and move yourself away from your child. However if you’re at a drive thru there’s probably a wall on your left and you have to move behind the car which would put the gun fire going through your car potentially your kid as you move behind it. Otherwise are advancing without much cover and no concealment towards the driver side and you have to choose whether you’re going to pass between the cars it would be a problem if you woulda put it in reverse. Or continue around the front of their car which gives you even less cover. Given that those fools brandishing sounds like a threat display rather than an assault, your best bet is to back up quickly as possible and hopefully, back to the left providing you with a potential shot as well as uproviding more cover for your kid. Forget ramming them where you potentially set off your airbag, disable your own escape, trigger them to start firing, either then in “self defense” or accidentally cuz they probably have poor discipline.

  • infinite wisdom

    Kid wasn’t playing. He was threatening. 100 to 1 he had done it before.