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For the ability to perform drive-by shooting, see Drive-By Shooting and for a mission of the similar name, see Drive-Thru.

"I'm saying that the East Coast made you drive like an idiot, fool! Man, you always crashing cars and shit. And for some reason now you back, all it is, is 'CJ drive here, CJ drive there'. Bullshit!"

Drive-By is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, given to protagonist Carl Johnson by his brother Sean "Sweet" Johnson from his home in Ganton.


Sweet, Big Smoke, and Ryder have decided to perform drive-bys on Ballas gang members, with Carl acting as their driver. The crew arrive at a number of spots where Ballas gang members tend to hang around and perform a drive-by's, killing every gang member in sight. After finishing off the gang members, they catch the police's attention and manage to lose it by driving to the Pay 'n' Spray in Idlewood. They travel back to Grove Street and decide to stay away from any heat for the rest of the day.

Mission objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Get in the car
  • Drive your homies into Balla territory
  • Take out the first group of Ballas
  • Take out the second group of Ballas
  • Take out the third group of Ballas
  • Take out the fourth group of Ballas
  • Use the nearby Pay 'n' Spray to lose the cops
  • Take your homies back to the hood

Video walkthroughs

PC Version
GTA San Andreas - Walkthrough - Mission 7 - Drive-By (HD)04:32

GTA San Andreas - Walkthrough - Mission 7 - Drive-By (HD)

IPad Version
GTA San Andreas - iPad Walkthrough - Mission 7 - Drive-by (HD)05:10

GTA San Andreas - iPad Walkthrough - Mission 7 - Drive-by (HD)


The reward for completing this mission is $500 and increased respect. The missions Home Invasion and Sweet's Girl are unlocked as well. Ballas gang members become also increasingly violent against Carl Johnson and will attack him every time he's spotted driving past them.


  • Although there is a police bribe on the path of the other side of the park under the bridge, it is pointless to get it before going to the Pay 'N' Spray because the wanted level goes down only for a moment before retaining a two-star wanted level once more.
  • When CJ abandons his allies from Sweet's car for a short distance, Ryder will say, "Damn! He shook us!," then Big Smoke will take the driver seat and will drive away from Carl. The mission will fail and the game will say, "Are you sure you're down for the 'hood?"
  • If the player uses the Never Wanted Cheat or the Wanted Level Down cheat, they will still have to go to Pay 'n' Spray.
  • In this mission, police won't react to you until the last target is killed.
  • Ryder's comment on CJ's driving could be a reference as to how some Grand Theft Auto players drive, which almost always consists of crashing into various obstacles.

See also

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