"Ramjet" Roger MacBride tells The Pitch that a group of 30 to 40
teenagers wearing school uniforms terrorized his Northeast neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon, kicking in doors and
breaking windows. MacBride says that when he tried to get them to stop, the
mob turned on him, so he grabbed his rifle and chased them away.
"It was one of the more fucked-up situations I've ever been in in my
whole life," MacBride tells The Pitch. "I'm truly not scared of anybody because I
know how to react and react appropriately. The downside was, it was a
bunch of kids running at me like that. It was some screwed-up Lord of
the Flies moment where I'm literally, 'These are kids, but these kids can
kill me.' Dude, it was fucked-up."
MacBride says police officers told him that the kids, who he estimates were about 15 or 16 years old, were let out of Northeast High School early. MacBride says it all went down around noon. His 21-year-old son was working on homework on his family's porch when he noticed a bunch of kids marching down the street.
"I literally see 40 kids coming right down the street, and they're
yelling and screaming," MacBride says. "And then all of a sudden, a big
group of them break off, run up to the house next door to me and kick
down the door and start streaming in. I hear glass breaking. I'm like,
'Hey, get your asses out of there.' "
MacBride says about 12 of the kids turned their attention to him, threatening him and his
home and throwing rocks at it. When one kid reached for his screen door, he'd seen
enough. The military veteran grabbed his rifle. When the kids saw his gun, they scattered, and MacBride called the cops.
"[The kids] were like, 'There's enough of us. We can do whatever the fuck we
want. And there's nothing you can do about it,' '" MacBride says.
The kids re-formed their pack down the block, MacBride says. He later found out that an elderly woman was terrorized by the kids, and a the window of a passing car was broken out. MacBride says he's not going to sit idly by.
I've got guns everywhere. I'm a very well-armed individual," he says. "I love my little place. I love my neighbors. I've got the best
goddamned neighborhood in Kansas City, in my opinion. And I'll be
goddamned if a little bunch of fucks -- I know they've been taught that 'if there's a bunch of us, people won't fight back. ... Just take what
you want and run.' Until they fuck up, and I start shooting them in the
Stacey Graves with KCPD's media unit says police were called to the 2800
block of East Seventh Street around 12:30 p.m. on a call of teens kicking
down doors and causing property damage. The kids were gone by the time
police arrived. However, Graves says a similar call came in from the
5800 block of Scarritt around 1:24 p.m. about kids in school uniforms
throwing rocks and breaking windows near James Elementary.
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