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White man pulls gun while confronting black college students, police investigating

NBC News logo NBC News 9/13/2018 Mona Nair

"These are the kind of people that are burning Nike products , we are sick of the discrimination  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" © @_IsaiahNoThomas via Twitter "These are the kind of people that are burning Nike products , we are sick of the discrimination 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"

The Tallahassee Police are investigating allegations by four black students at Florida A&M University that a white man brandished a gun and harassed them at an off-campus apartment complex.

The weekend altercation, which was captured in a social media video, shows a man in a baseball cap denying the students entry to the building and elevator in the Stadium Centre residence before pulling out a gun.

According to the police report, the incident occurred at 12:30 a.m. Saturday and is being investigated as an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, without intent to kill.

Isaiah Butterfield, a junior at Florida A&M who filmed the incident, told NBC News that he and his friends were waiting to be let into the building by another friend, a resident of the complex, when the man approached them.

“He walked past us and opened the door and he told us we weren’t getting into the building unless we had a key,” Butterfield said. “We were thinking, 'Why would he even say anything to us?' We were confused.”

After the man approached the students a second time, Butterfield decided to start recording.

“In Tallahassee, there’s a lot of people with their own racial opinions,” said Butterfield. “It doesn’t sound like a place where people of color are invited or welcomed.”

The video posted on Butterfield's Twitter account begins with a shirtless white man, who Butterfield and his friends identified as “Chad,” confronting the man on behalf of the students. The two have an altercation, with Chad asking the man: “What’s your problem? You’re not just man enough to go about your day?”

“We literally met Chad that night. We didn’t really know Chad like that,” Butterfield said. “He was there and heard what was going on, and he stepped up. I commend him for that.”

Inside the building, the man tells the students to find another elevator, declaring to them, “this is my elevator.” As the altercation escalates, the man pulls out his gun and keeps it by his side.

“He made sure that we saw the gun,” said Butterfield. “He was holding his arm in a way to emphasize.”

One of the students, Fitzroy Rhoden, is heard in the video asking the man: “Sir, you bring out your gun. What’s your purpose for that?” The man then apologizes and puts the gun in his back pocket.

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