A shocking picture has emerged which shows a woman brandishing an AK-47 from the window of a speeding car, sparking outrage across social media on Thursday.
The photo shows the gun being wielded out of the vehicle in San Francisco, which was later seized by cops.
Last month, San Francisco police cited an "illegal sideshow" event which featured the photo of the woman, peeking out of the passenger window of a Cadi while waving the deadly weapon.
The city's Traffic Company posted on social media: “On July 11th, 2021, during an illegal sideshow event at Barneveld & McKinnon, a passenger leaned out of a Cadillac holding an AK-47."
According to the statement, the car that the woman was seen pointing the weapon from was tracked down and confiscated by police on Wednesday.
It remains unclear whether the woman seen with the gun – or the driver – have also been caught.
Sideshows have riddled the Bay Area of California since the 1980s.
Defined as unsanctioned car demonstrations or racing, they tend to draw hundreds of spectators to vacant lots or public intersections.
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According to KRON4, such speed exhibitions are a crime under California’s Vehicle Code and warranted Oakland Police Department to form its own sideshow unit to tackle the issue.
The woman’s armed image triggered widespread fury on social media.
“Baghdad by the bay,” wrote one man on Facebook.
“Sad fact is the most that will happen is the loss of the car.”
Another sarcastically wrote: “Well at least they seized the vehicle obviously blame the car not the passenger leaning out holding the illegal rifle!!!”
“One bump on the road away from filling the engine compartment and wheelhouse [sic] full of lead,” one Tweet reads.
In San Francisco, there were 119 gun violence incidents in the first half of 2021 – the highest in six years, and more than double the first half of the previous year, according to NBC Bay Area.
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