Florida Man Arrested After Brandishing Gun At Walmart Over Mask Dispute

People are showing their behinds over face masks, including the man who pulled his gun and threatened to shoot a fellow Walmart shopper who asked him to wear a mask while inside.

Vincent Bruce Scavetta,28, was captured on surveillance cameras at a Walmart in Royal Palm Beach, pulling a handgun from his waistband during an argument with another shopper on July 12. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office, he has been arrested on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and improper exhibition of a firearm.

“Welcome to PBC Jail, son,” deputies tweeted. “Let this be a lesson. It could have ended badly.”

The arrest report obtained by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel claims Scavetta of Lake Worth Beach was in Walmart that day pushing his father, who used a wheelchair when fellow shopper Christopher Estrada asked him to put on a mask due to COVID-19.

Estrada,46, who was shopping with his young daughter that day, alleges that Scavetta went into an expletive-laced tirade before aiming the gun at his head and threatening to shoot, the local sheriff’s office stated.

“I’ll kill you,” Scavetta told Estrada, according to the report.

Scavetta and his father then left the Walmart. But the damage was already done, sheriff officials were able to obtain screenshots from the footage to identify him. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

However, Scavetta contacted the authorities to give his version of the incident, claiming he took off his mask while inside the store because it got wet outside during the storm and accused Estrada of hitting him with an umbrella. He then later admitted he wasn’t sure if the umbrella actually hit him due to the stress of the stress of the situation.

Estrada told authorities he raised him umbrella towards him during the gun threat but also wasn’t sure if it hit him.

Scavetta turned in his handgun as evidence and provided investigators a valid concealed-carry permit, according to the arrest report. He was arrested on Wednesday, but online records show he was released from the Palm Beach County jail on a $15,000 bond.

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