This is the terrifying moment a white man pulls out a gun on a group of black students who were waiting for a friend to let them in to his college apartment block.
Footage posted on Twitter shows a man, identified as Don Crandall, blocking the entrance of several black Florida A&M University students to the Stadium Center student accommodation in Tallahassee last Saturday.
In the clip a group of students including Isaiah Butterfield, who filmed the incident, can be seen in a heated conversation with Crandall who at one point pulls out a gun.
Crandall had reportedly confronted the students as they waited outside the block for a friend to let them in to attend a party.
‘Find another elevator, you can’t get in this one,’ Crandall can be heard saying as he blocks their way into the building.
‘Why not? Do you own the building?’ the students asked.
‘Because you don’t belong in this building,’ he replied, before adding, ‘You ain’t got a key for the building, you don’t belong in the elevator.’
Footage of the incident was posted on Twitter by Butterfield and is being investigated by Tallahassee police.
‘We are sick of the discrimination,’ Butterfield wrote alongside the tweet.
‘Never thought I’d have a personal experience with racism like this, this man pulled a gun on us because we were walking up to my friends apartment w/o a key.’
Butterfield later told ABC News he believed Crandall had been trying to ‘provoke’ the students in order to use his weapon.
‘Once we found out he had the gun, it turned into a whole different situation,’ Butterfield said.
‘We really think he was trying to provoke us to the point where it got violent so he could retaliate with the gun. I knew that if this dude even feels threatened, he’s going to find any excuse to pull the trigger.’
Twitter users later identified the man in the video as Crandall, the manager of a local hotel Baymont by Wyndham.
In a post on Instagram, the hotel confirmed his identity and said that he was no longer working there.
A spokesperson for Stadium Center also confirmed that Crandall did not live in the apartment block.
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Source: Daily Mail