WATCH: Arrested Florida man accused of threatening a Black family at gunpoint — just because of their race

WATCH: Arrested Florida man accused of threatening a Black family at gunpoint — just because of their race
Nicholas Gordon (Volusia County Sheriff's Office)

A Florida man is facing hate crime charges after he allegedly threatened a Black family at gunpoint, in a racially motivated incident in Volusia County.

Nicholas J. Gordon, 21, pulled up alongside the victims at a DeLand-area intersection on Sunday afternoon, before pointing a handgun at them and stating, "I will kill you n*****," according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. The victims were a mother, a father and two children under 12.

After the victims drove away, Gordon and three passengers chased them in his yellow Chevrolet Spark, police said. When they caught up to the family at the next intersection, Gordon exited the vehicle and yelled more obscenities before driving off in the other direction. Gordon later told sheriff's deputies he pulled a gun on the Black family because "he knew (the victims) were African American and he knew from past experiences African Americans can be violent."

When "asked what the people did, other than being black, that would make him feel threatened enough to have a gun," Gordon said "nothing," the sheriff's office said.

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