A Texas man was busted over a viral video of him smiling and shooting a semiautomatic weapon out of a moving vehicle.
A Texas man was busted over a viral video of him smiling and shooting a semiautomatic weapon out of a moving vehicle.

Man videoed firing AK-47 from car

A man has been charged over a viral video of him smiling as he fired a semi-automatic weapon out of the window of a moving vehicle.

Jonathan Jay Oneal, 26, was seen in the clip grinning in the back seat as he fired an AK-47 pistol-style weapon several times as the car traveled down the highway in El Paso in the US state of Texas.

The footage was posted to social media then re-posted Saturday on Instagram by the El Paso gossip site "Fit Fam El Paso," racking up thousands of views.

A Texas man was busted over a viral video of him smiling and shooting a semiautomatic weapon out of a moving vehicle.
A Texas man was busted over a viral video of him smiling and shooting a semiautomatic weapon out of a moving vehicle.

El Paso police said Sunday it was aware of the video and then called for the shooter to come forward.

"If you are the person in the video, or person taking the video, the smart thing to do now: 1. Walk in to any police station unarmed and speak to investigators. 2. Make it a lesson learned and move forward from there," the department tweeted.

The next day, Oneal turned himself in to authorities and was arrested on charges of discharging a firearm.

Jonathan Jay Oneal, 26, was charged after handing himself in to police.
Jonathan Jay Oneal, 26, was charged after handing himself in to police.

Police said Oneal "did the right thing" and praised the public for their help securing an arrest.

"We are grateful that no one was injured and appreciate the efforts of everyone not willing to tolerate this type of behavior in our city," police said. "Thank you for your willingness to step up to keep our community safe."

Oneal was booked into the El Paso County Jail, where he was ordered held on a $50,000 bail.