Raleigh mom says 2 men wearing MAGA hats pulled gun on her and teen daughter

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A Raleigh woman said two men wearing 'Make America Great Again' hats threatened the life of her and her 15-year-old daughter this week.

Zariel Balogun told ABC11 she had just finished loading groceries in her car and starting leaving BJ's parking lot when an incident happened at a four-way stop.

She told a 911 operator that she went when it was her time to go, but a truck started going at the same time. She honked her horn. The guys in the truck started screaming at her and driving up next to her.

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She said they followed her to a stoplight on Capital Boulevard and escalated the road rage situation by pointing a gun out their window at her and her 15-year-old daughter.

"He pointed (the gun) at me and my 15-year-old daughter that was in the passenger side seat, and I told him to put his gun away cause he wasn't going to shoot anyone. When I said that, it kind of made him mad. He started saying 'Oh they're not scared of guns. They're ghetto, black b****s. He immediately turned his hat around and said 'This is exactly why we need to Make America Great Again because of these ghetto black b****s,'" Balogun recalled.

ABC11 confirmed that Balogun filed a police report for aggravated assault.

"It was unnecessary," she said. "It's an intimidation tactic and it's being done on a regular basis."

Balogun held a press conference Wednesday morning joined by members of the advocacy groups Emancipate NC and the North Carolina Black Alliance.
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