The group of young men were caught on Google's Street View camera, one apparently holding a gun.
One man brandishes a gun in Google's Street Mapping View

Google Street-Mapping Camera Captures Image of Man Brandishing a Gun

The group of young men were caught on Google's Street View camera, one apparently holding a gun.

One man brandishes a gun in Google’s Street Mapping View

Google’s street-mapping cameras snapped a strange scene at an address that has striking resemblance to a Detroit home where a baby was found dead in a closet earlier this year. In several images on the site’s Street View map function, a group of young men can be seen standing on the porch of a house which is reportedly identical to the home where 17-month-old Zyia Turner was found dead under a pile of clothes in her grandmother’s closet. An image of a shirtless man pointing a gun directly at the vehicle that the company uses to drive throughout neighbors across the world to catalogue streets, was captured by the camera that was housed on top of a Google Street View mapping car. “I was actually just there in July,”  Jacob Wkyoff, a Maryland meteorologist who was one of the first persons to notice the shotgun in the photo, told local news reporters. “It’s certainly uneasy to see that type of stuff, I guess it happens in any major city, but Detroit sort of has a reputation now … That he actually points the gun at him?


The group of young men were caught on Google's Street View camera, one apparently holding a gun.

One man brandishes a gun in Google’s Street Mapping View

The Street View image and its similarity to the house were Turner was found dead was also noticed in July by commenters on the website DetroitYES.com. “It’s clearly the same house,” one commenter wrote. “Inside the house is just as scary. She never had a chance.” Turner’s cause of death remains undetermined. At the time, the family called the death an accident. An uncle who was babysitting the child said he last saw her eating cereal in the home, but that she wandered out of sight while he was in another room. He was arrested, but no charges were ever filed. “My son who was watching them, he has helped raise all his nieces and nephews,” the child’s grandmother Bridget Elam, whose home the baby was found in, told a local news station. “He would never do anything to them.”

Although the shocking imagery of  a man pointing a gun at a vehicle is shocking and seems illegal, local Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy told reporters the photo is no evidence of any crime being committed. Noting that many questions remain about the age of the individual and what circumstances led him to brandish a weapon in public, Worthy said he might not have been breaking the law at all. “You do have a right to bear arms in your home,” Worthy said.

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  1. Get off my lawn..

    Its not alarming when ‘Clint’ does it ?

  2. Now that is just a stupid comment……….

  3. I totally disagree with the way the young man is behaving with the gun. My only concern is that Google is picking up images and taking pictures of homes without permission. There is no privacy for those who don’t want their homes on the google map for various reasons (stalkers, etc.). I wonder if there is a way to request that your address not be listed in the same way that you would request your home phone to be unlisted in phone book?

    • I agree… I think google needs to get permission to place someone’s home on their site. There are so many abuse, stalker, & murder victims. I hope they change their approach. I don’t like this at all

  4. People, this is not caused by Google, and the image was a snapshot, that is taken randomly by USA satellite’s…

    During 2008, the USA government stop the real time broadcasting of satellite images for obvious reasons like spying on the USA, spying on your neighbor, stalking, etc…

    Since the satellite’s are government property, then they belong to the people so it is legal for us to have access to the images or real-time video…

    This is the same satellite system used to report and predict the weather and other events..

    It is amazing how everyone claims to be intelligent but knows nothing about their own government or technology…

    Therefore, what Google is doing is legal and it just happened that Google, Bing, Yahoo and other mapping services all receives the same images at the same time…this is not Google technology…

  5. And I quote:”An image of a shirtless man pointing a gun directly at the vehicle that the company uses to drive throughout neighbors across the world to catalogue streets, was captured by the camera that was housed on top of a Google Street View mapping car. ” I think you should have read the article better PB. Not a satellite, he was driving through their neighborhood taking pictures of people and houses with a camera that was mounted on the roof of the car. google and all these other surveilance companies fronting as social networking, search engines and such really need to stop invading and documenting our personal lives.

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