WATCH: Off-Road Racer BJ Baldwin Describes Intense Fatal Shootout

When two armed gunmen attacked Tori Nonaka and off-road racer BJ Baldwin, the ensuing shootout left one bad guy dead, as Baldwin put 10 hits on target.


As a champion off-road racer, BJ Baldwin understands performing under pressure. Behind the wheel is one thing, but Baldwin answered the highest of calls recently, performing under the epitome of pressure. When a pair of bad guys drew down on him, Baldwin answered. And just like with his racing, it was training that enabled Baldwin to win the day.

Racer BJ Baldwin Shoots, Kills Armed Attacker

The incident began when Baldwin and his girlfriend had dinner at an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in Las Vegas. It was late, around 1:46 a.m., according to That’s when Baldwin’s girlfriend saw two hooded men pointing a gun and charging. With danger eminent, Baldwin pulled his concealed firearm and began engaging targets. The gunman fired two shots at the girlfriend and six shots at Baldwin, reported

“I knew there was a high probability that he would miss because I was returning fire and getting hits on him,” Baldwin told “I wish I wasn’t at the wrong place at the wrong time, but I’m glad it was me instead of a less-skilled defensive pistol practitioner.”

The gunman eventually died from the encounter. During a four-second shootout, Baldwin reportedly hit the gunman 10 times. Under life-or-death duress, Baldwin clearly put good training to work.

Baldwin told the NRA, “As soon as I started engaging the first person, the second guy realized that I had a firearm, and I was there to fight to make sure I made it home to my family. That struck fear into his heart, and he ran as fast as he could in the opposite direction because he wasn’t there to get into a gunfight — getting in a gunfight was not on his to-do list.”

Baldwin clearly takes his shooting and training seriously. It probably doesn’t hurt that his girlfriend is none other than professional shooter Tori Nonaka, otherwise known as Top Gun Tori. Ultimately, these bad guy messed with the wrong couple. And the good folks made it home alive and safe.

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