One of the guys involved in the "House of Lies" shooting tells TMZ ... his crew only fired shots to teach the production a lesson about respect ... but they never put lives in real danger.
The gang's head honcho -- named simply P -- says he and fellow members felt disrespected by producers who benefited from the location but failed to give back by donating to the community.
He's also adamant ... they didn't shoot AT anybody ... only in the air.
The gang member adds, "It would be different if they (producers) went there and helped out my hood ... but they want to use it to make a million and not give us s**t."
P says, "F**k that" adding "we let them muthaf***as be shook for a minute and sweat ... but they left with a real feeling of what it's like in the projects."