Palm Beach Walmart shopper pulls gun on man in dispute over mask
Vincent Scavetta is facing felony chargers for pointing a gun at another Walmart shopper who told him to wear a mask. (photo from Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office tweet)

Unmasked gunman
'You think you're big and bad" the sheriff's office tweeted.

An unmasked man pulled a gun on a masked shopper and threatened to kill him during an apparent confrontation over masks at a Palm Beach County Walmart store, sheriff’s officials said.

A suspect has been identified, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Wednesday.

The Royal Palm Beach store’s security video shows the unmasked man pushing an older man in a wheelchair through the store on Saturday afternoon, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. The man in the wheelchair pulled a red neckerchief over his mouth in the store.

The video shows a shopper wearing a mask approach the pair and exchange words. That’s when the unmasked man gives the shopper the middle finger before pulling a handgun from his waistband, the sheriff’s office said. The unmasked man made a death threat before leaving the store.

In the video, a young girl reaches for the masked man’s hand to pull him away. Another person is seen trying to intervene.

The man then pushes the wheelchair to the parking lot and the pair left in a white Chevrolet Equinox SUV, sheriff’s officials said.

No one was injured during the dispute, officials said.

Because the gunman was unmasked, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was able to post a picture showing his face, and included the picture in the tweet.

Tweeted the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday:

“You think you’re big and bad because you pull out a gun?

“#PalmBeachCounty, we need your help to find this individual #wanted for Assault with a Firearm at a local @Walmart in Royal Palm Beach. He left the store in a white Chevy Equinox.

“This took place on July 12, 2020. RT”

Tweeted the Palm. Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday:

“#Update: This individual has been identified. Thank you!”


Republished with permission from The Associated Press.

Associated Press

One comment

  • BlueHeron

    July 15, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    I could have never imagined that at some point, here in America, there would be a fierce pandemic spreading throughout the land. I could have never imagined such a stunning lack of leadership. 137k (and counting) Americans are dead. Millions more are sick. “It’s under control” we are told. “Just a blip”. The “leadership” has no plan and no desire to make one. So, the only smart people in the room are telling us to wear a face covering, socially distance and wash our hands. A great many believe the science and behave accordingly. The “leadership” chose to completely ignore the science, ignore so many deaths, ignore it all.
    Masks were mocked by “leadership” as being weak and unnecessary. And so, not surprisingly, his administration and supporters all decide not to do three very simple things in order stem the tide of covid. So simple. Anyone can do it. “Leadership” now has his supporters so fired up (unglued) over mask wearing that it has become a lightning rod between the side of science and the side of Trump. Pulling a gun was the choice for this man to resolve the issue and “protect his liberty”.
    This Walmart incident is not the first and it will not be the last. Walmart will now have a nationwide mandatory mask requirement effective July 20th.
    But, this is not about Walmart. It’s everywhere. Literally everywhere. COVID has exploded all over the country and especially here in Florida.
    Despite what Florida “leadership” indicates, we are all in this together and are literally causing illness or death to so many of our our fellow citizens.
    There are a great many people like the man in the story. Will they all pull a gun, probably not but that is how heated things are. Is this the hill they want to die on?

    Here is yet another Floriduh story from a national news source.

    I do think that this story, with picture included, should be held up as a perfect description/depiction of the state of our country. The state of our State. The state of COVID. It is shameful. I could never have imagined this.

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