Vladimir Tzapaev runs a YouTube channel which showcases videos of himself dressing up in costume and jumping out at young women walking the streets at night.
But his latest prank - all of which was caught on film - backfired spectacularly when a young man refused to be cowed and fought back. Dressing up as a zombie, Tzapaev, from Nizhniy Novgorod, western Russia, positioned himself in a dark and isolated alleyway.
However, he picked the wrong victim. Jumping out at a man walking past at about 10pm, his intended victim simply punched him to the ground with a big right hook. Then he pulled out an air gun, and as Mr Tzapaev raised his hands to beg for his life, shot him in the leg to make sure he got the message.
The alarming incident happened in the city of Nizhniy Novgorod in the Novgorodskaya Oblast region in western Russia, where Mr Tzapaev is well known for his pranks. But this time the prankster admitted he thought his time was up when he saw his victim pulling out a gun, reports Asiantown.
He said: 'When I saw the gun I thought this is the end. Luckily, it turned out to be a [gas powered] one.' His leg was not seriously injured, but he has refused to alert police as he knows he brought it on himself and it will be difficult tracking down the man who shot him.