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The great debate over whether to wear a mask or not continues unabated across the country and, for an unfortunate few, that argument is proving to be almost as deadly as the COVID-19 virus.
Such was the case at a St. Louis Family Dollar store when two people tried to enter the business without a mask.
Joc’Quinn Perry is not only facing criminal charges over his refusal to wear a mask inside the store, but the St. Louis man was also shot during the altercation, according to CBS affiliate KMOV.
St. Louis man allegedly opens fire at dollar store after being asked to leave for not wearing mask https://t.co/7uuMWywmni
— KMOV (@KMOV) September 2, 2020
Perry and another person entered the business without masks and were reportedly confronted by employees who told them masks were required — an order was issued by the city in July making masks mandatory in public when social distancing is not possible.
After reportedly threatening to “shoot up the place,” Perry left the store and a man went outside to see if he was still in the area. Perry allegedly pulled out a pistol and shot at the man, KMOV reported.
Having missed his target, who happened to be armed, Perry was then shot in the hip when the man returned fire.
St. Louis police found Perry several blocks from the Family Dollar store and he told them he was a victim of a drive-by shooting.
Surveillance video from the store told a very different story.
Citing court documents, the CBS affiliate noted that Perry is currently on supervised release related to federal charges for firearm and drug trafficking crimes.
Store employees at a Costa Mesa, Calif., grocery took a different approach last month when two women entered the store without masks.
The store manager allegedly locked the women inside and then called the police.
And while the women were arrested on the charge of “suspicion of trespassing,” the manager’s actions could be construed as “unlawful imprisonment.”
There have been encounters where people not wearing masks are confronted by others.
One such incident occurred last month in Manhattan Beach, Calif., when a woman aptly dubbed as “Karen” hurled hot coffee in the faces of two unmasked men sitting outside a coffee shop, prompting one of the men to pummel her boyfriend.
Here’s a sampling of reactions to the Family Dollar incident from Twitter:
looks like such a fine upstanding and productive member of society – coupla tear drops coming out his eye.
— Maurice daman (@daman_maurice) September 2, 2020
Remember when we used to feel safe in public?
— Milo Jack (@jack_milo) September 2, 2020
Hmmm – shoots up the place over wearing a mask – I guess he didn’t respect any of those lives
— hockey dad (@drugrunner99) September 2, 2020
yes you can , got to clean the streets
— Stick n stones (@Sticknstones4) September 3, 2020
Bwahaha, this dude managed to also get shot by one of the people at the store. pic.twitter.com/n4o1pKQBL1
— ZizelStix (@StixZizel) September 2, 2020
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