Thugs are obvious. They look like crap because they drink and do drugs all day every day and they are wearing socks and flip flops. Odds are they only feel like victimizing crack heads and whatever other people that don’t fight back. They will however try you if they’re drunk and in a group.
They almost ALWAYS have guns on them. If there’s a group there’s literally a 100% chance that one of them has a gun. Its going to be a cheap old 1911 or glock or something but it will probably work and can obviously kill you.
What it comes down to is how much they want from you and their current mood. They’re always looking for an excuse to justify their actions to themselves. They will call you a name or threaten you or someone you know and expect you to say something back. They’ll take your response as a disrespect and then their actions thereafter are “defending their honor” from your disrespect. If there’s a group the rest will jump in and jump you when the leader does. They wont kill you though. They just want to beat you and steal whatever you have.
There’s a ton of possible outcomes. If you say nothing odds are they’ll just disrespect you and let you keep going. That’s not really an option because they’re going to victimize you literally every time they see you after that. They might see that as an invite to robbing you right there because you aren’t going to put up a fight.
You can fight back, if you knock out the alpha one of two things will happen. Either everyone will laugh and cheer and think you’re the greatest thing ever or they’re going to try to jump or shoot you. Either way the alpha will need to regain his dignity and will come back and try to kill you at a later date. If you lose the fight they’re all going to jump you and steal whatever you have on you no matter how worthless.
You can run. They won’t chase you. If they do that’s the perfect time to shoot them. The best course of action would be to run. Make it around a corner and take a defensive position. The first one that comes around the corner light him up with a few center mass shots and he’s literally going to jump out of his shoes like a deer that’s been shot and then go crashing to the ground. Unarmed pursuers will run. They’ll scatter like roaches. Armed pursuers are going to take the opportunity to shoot at you. After you fire the first few shots you’ll want to move again. Keep the same strategy its almost impossible to attack a defensive position without flanking it. So keep conscious of being flanked and their straight on attacks will be met with high losses every time. By defensive position I mean a spot that’s not visible until it’s too late for them. Hidden enough. You should be an incredibly small target behind cover.
If running isn’t an option i.e. they would run much faster than you standing your ground is the only real option. Not provoking further action by insulting or threatening back and continuing to move but not taking your eye off your attackers. Then you simply shoot the ones that don’t run like the wind when it comes to that. If they’re still there when that pop is heard they’re armed and overly confident.
The wonderful thing about street thugs is their lack of combat experience and knowledge. They have no idea how to be defensive. They are all offense. Their defense is in numbers. But you will be able to get them alone plenty. In your neighborhood if there are specific people who are seeking trouble with you you cant just live and let live. You have to get rid of them somehow. Tons of options for this. The easiest options are within the confides of the law. Telling the police where he keeps drugs and guns. They like to raid drug dealers. If he’s too small time for that the next best option is erasure. Their existence is so inconsequential if he disappeared off the face of the planet no one, odds are, would even file a missing person. So many tools, so many options, so many ways to do this that its actually easy. You just have to pick whats most practical. Also leave no links to you. Don’t ask around about the person. Be a total stranger and as much as a suspect as a leaf on a tree.