STOCKTON, CA – A creepy clown scared a man who pulled out a handgun and beat him about the head.
Now the prankster, Sadiq Mohammad, 20, has ditched his clown act to stay safe.
Mohammad’s entertainment videos are viewed daily by 6.7 million people through his Instagram and website page: Hoodclips.
“The numbers don’t lie,” Mohammad said. “People love comedy. That’s why I have a lot of followers.”
Sadiq had been pranking people all over Stockton last Monday.
He had pranked people at a Taco Bell drive thru, run after a young boy playing basketball and, while carrying a saw, run after a few men carrying a saw.
Then the prankster hid behind a bush. A man walking down the sidewalk was looking down and not paying attention to his surroundings.
Sadiq jumped out of the bushes to scare the man, and the man pulled out a gun and hit 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,” Sadiq said, telling a reporter he was almost afraid to run.
“Yeah. I seen the gun and 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 says people have self-defense rights.
“So, a person has the right to defend themselves using reasonable force,” she said. “It’s probably not reasonable to pull a gun.”
That’s because in the video the man starts telling him the prank is not funny and then pulls out his gun.
“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 and the right to self-defense ends when the threat ends,” she said.
Sadiq and his camera man took off running and never looked back.
What is the lesson learned?
“Lesson learned is like people don’t play with the clown stuff,” he said. “Like, people really will shoot anybody.”
This lucky clown is now hanging up his costume for good.