This is actually pretty amazing, if it isn’t staged (and it doesn’t look like it is). For those of you who are unaware, in Google Maps you now have the option in many cities to check out a Street View of the map you’re looking at, which will allow you to see whatever you would see if you were standing in that position.
The way they accomplish this is by having a specially fitted fleet of cars that have 360 degree cameras driving all over the place taking pictures. Once in a while they capture something really interesting. This is one of those times.
Now, there are times when people are expecting the cameras and they go out and pose for them, but this one looks like one kid just basically got caught pointing a gun at another much younger kid running away from him.
How can you tell? Well, the photo below is an interactive timeline of the Google car driving down the street. You can zoom in and out, change the direction you are pointing, and navigate forward and backwards on the street. Give the controls in the top left corner a try, and back up in the street. You can watch the timeline of events unfold as the car drives up and passes the people. Just zoom in, drag the photo around, and zoom out and move on.
EDIT: Wow! I can’t believe it folks, but this image has actually been removed by Google! Perhaps it’s evidence in a police investigation or something. Or maybe they deemed it inappropriate.
Luckily I did the screen capture so you can still see the missing frame above (select the small image to see a large one). I’ve also re-inserted the scene below from the photo immediately before the missing one. If you click on the interactive map and move South one frame you can see the deleted image frame.
This occurred on S. Oakley Ave, Chicago, IL if you want a static view of the location.