Investigators: Raleigh motorcyclist fired shots at another driver

Posted June 27, 2014

David Lloyd Mastin

— A Raleigh man on a motorcycle fired several gunshots at another driver during the evening rush hour on Thursday, the Wake County Sheriff's Office said.

David Lloyd Mastin, 55, of 10633 Pine Thicket Court, fired shots from a .32-caliber handgun near the intersection of U.S. Highway 401 and Ten-Ten Road.

Mastin was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, going armed to the terror of people and resisting a public officer.

No one was hit by the shots, and Mastin was released from the Wake County jail late Thursday after posting a $10,000 bond.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 30, 2014

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    I don't think the story says whether he is allowed to legally carry a gun or not. But, SuperFlames (great name, BTW) said that he didn't "think he will legally possess a firearm ever again", which isn't true if we aren't do background checks of the severely mentally ill or violent criminals...which 90% of people want.

  • Lightfoot3 Jun 30, 2014

    "And this is the problem with carrying guns. If you have one, you feel like you have to use it or there was no reason to carry it." - workerbee

    I've been carrying concealed since about 1992 and that was never the case with me.

  • stacey3 Jun 27, 2014

    Why is it that so many people have trouble slowing down and letting someone else go ahead? Of the nearly 6 million traffic collisions reported annually, 4 million of them result from one thing: aggressive driving. If you feel the need to carry a gun in order to shoot at aggressive drivers 1) you should not be allowed to drive, and 2) you should not be allowed to own a firearm.

  • rnitschke66 Jun 27, 2014

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    I agree with pedsrndad. No, it's not right to fire at a vehicle, but workerbee is correct, too. The reason I don't carry a gun is because I know there's a good chance I'll blow away the next cager who doesn't bother to look when he changes lanes and almost kills me. Think about that the next time you get on your high horse about "gun rights" or you change lanes.

  • sabsco Jun 27, 2014

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    As an avid bicyclist, I know where you're coming from - but the charges certainly don't indicate self defense. The mere act of firing from the motorcycle would indicate an "after the fact" angry reaction to whatever preceeded it. Again, I can relate to the anger - and that's one reason I don't think I would be a good candidate to carry a gun. Looks like this guy wasn't either.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 27, 2014

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    If you're on a motorcycle and a car/SUV driver tries to push you off the road?...you beep...they keep at it...you slow down, they slow down...your bike weighs 400 lbs, their car weighs 4000. Yeah, the motorcyclist probably should pullover and stop, because emergency stopping is such a safe thing to do in car traffic.

    I'm kidding, but you get the point. He probably should have pulled over and called the cops...but know that there are a LOT of rude, might-makes-right car/SUV drivers out there who don't care about the safety of others.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 27, 2014

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    Where does it say he is legal to have a gun?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 27, 2014

    If someone tries to kill you with their car, could this not be self-defense?

    Personally, I take these assault-by-vehicle cases pretty seriously when I’m bicycling or motorcycling. I’m kinda funny like that when it comes to self-preservation from someone who doesn’t want to wait 2 seconds & yield as required by law. Some folks are probably better at dealing with someone trying to end your life with their giant SUV. (shrug)

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 27, 2014

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    How will anyone enforce this without background checks on all gun sales? Because checking for felons and the mentally ill somehow impinges on someone's (who?) rights...according to the people who sell guns, that is.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 27, 2014

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    True but that don't make is easy as the right hand then is the only hand on the handle bars while controlling the throttle. No big deal when resting the left arm and traveling at a constant speed but trying shoot gun with the left. Glad he didn't hit anything whether they deserved it or not.