UPDATE Nov. 19, 2020:
New York Police said a local rapper is facing charges after video circulated online of a man shooting a flamethrower while standing on top of an MTA bus in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn rapper Dupree G.O.D, identified as 36-year-old Christopher Dupree, was hit with charges Wednesday including reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon, authorities said. NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison tweeted Wednesday afternoon that Dupree, 36, had been apprehended.
Nov. 18, 2020:
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn (WPIX) -- Video of a man shooting a flamethrower on top of an MTA bus has sparked an NYPD investigation, police said Tuesday.
The incident happened on Nov. 8 around 5:30 p.m. at Franklin Avenue and Putnam Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, according to the NYPD.
The video shows a shirtless man jumping from the roof of an ice cream truck onto an MTA bus that had just pulled up alongside it. The man then shoots the flamethrower, spraying flames into the sky and onto the ground before jumping onto the street, the video shows.
The video appears to have been part of the filming of a music video by a rapper called Dupree G.O.D, according to his Instagram account.
Police were called to the scene but officers who arrived found no evidence of fire and could not find any witnesses, according to the NYPD. A police spokesperson called the video shoot "impromptu and illegal." The NYPD is also investigating possible drone use in the video shoot.
The MTA said 25 passengers were on the B26 bus when the man jumped onto the roof. No injuries were reported.