There's no way to describe it briefly, but it could happen to you:
So... Imagine you're in Lima, Peru minding your own business, doing a skate tour and trying to film some tricks in a seemingly unsketchy area your local international flow rider takes you to. You've got two filmers, a photographer, the web dude, five team riders and everyone's skating, filming, taking photos, doing their jobs and having a good time. Then some local kid who's walking home from school sees the action and sits down next to one of the filmers (Mike Manzoori) for a chat. And in the background, lurking in the shadows is some dude in a striped blue shirt. See him? Click the photo for a larger version.
Then, unsuspectingly, while no one else in the crew is watching, the striped shirt lurker creeps up on Manzoori and the kid, pulls a gun, shoves it in Manzoori's face and grabs the video camera. Like a cartoon...the kid gets up and runs so fast that one of his shoes falls off his foot and is left on the scene. Manzoori lays face down on the ground to get away from the gun. Just at this very moment, a black Toyota Yaris comes down the street toward the thief who's running away from Manzoori, to the car, brand-new free high def video camera in hand.
Our photographer, Oliver Barton, who didn't see the incident, is in the middle of the street, in between shooting sequences, putting his shirt back on (he had it off because it was quite hot out but was starting to get sunburned) with his camera at his feet as the black getaway car pulls next to him and stops.
Impeccably accidentally timed with Oliver's shirt over his head (I don't think the gunmen could have planned it better if they tried), the thief then grabs Oliver's camera off the ground on his way to the car. Not seeing the gun or what had happened to Manzoori, Oliver lunges for his camera and this went down:
Turn up the volume. Yes, you heard that correctly...a gunshot. As Oliver backs away from the first shot that was aimed in he and Justin's direction...which could have turned out very, very badly, filmer #2 (Scuba Steve, who shot the above clip) and the rest of us facing the front and driver's side of the car (from where I shot the above photo of Manzoori and the kid) scatter.
That's where and why the clip ends. Milliseconds after, a second shot was fired up into the air by the first gunman, while the driver had his gun pointed at all of us (Scuba, Bobby, Mike Anderson, myself) on the sidewalk, about 50 feet away, with Manderson being the closest to the line of fire as you can see in the right hand side of the clip.
As the first gunman got into the passenger seat, he too stretched his arm over the roof to aim his gun at us on the sidewalk and the car squealed away around the corner.
Elapsed time from start to finish: about five or six seconds. $13,000 in gear stolen; a few lost clips and sequences; two gunshots fired; a few skipped heartbeats, alarmed neighbors, no one hurt despite Manzoori and Oliver taking the brunt of it. Give 'em a hug next time you see them.
With the license plate number from the footage above, the local police were given their first real lead on two criminals they had already been pursuing for three month's time. They left the police station strapped with bulletproof vests, multiple semi-automatic weapons, pistols, lots of bullets and more. Sort of like something you'd see in a Rambo film actually. They found the car (which was also stolen) but not the gunmen yet. We'll keep you posted. Do us a favor and don't mess with guns and be safe when you're out skating.
The final demo of the éSpañol Central/South America tour is in 12 hours. We aren't canceling. It's good to be alive and skateboarding. See you there.