A Florida man at the center of an argument over face coverings at a Walmart is facing charges after he pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at another shopper, authorities said. Vincent Bruce Scavetta, 28, of Lake Worth Beach, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and improper exhibition of a firearm, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Scavetta, who was not wearing a mask, was pushing his elderly father in a wheelchair on July 12 at a Walmart in Royal Palm Beach, WPEC reported. According to an arrest report, Scavetta was approached by Christopher Estrada, 46, of West Palm Beach, who was shopping with his young daughter. Estrada asked Scavetta to put on a mask because of the coronavirus, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Estrada told deputies that Scavetta began cursing at him, made an obscene gesture and pulled a gun from his waistband, the newspaper reported. According to the arrest report, Scavetta then said, “I’ll kill you,” before aiming the Smith & Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic weapon at the man’s head. The exchange was caught on the Walmart surveillance cameras.
Scavetta told investigators it was raining when he arrived at the store and that his mask became wet, making it difficult for him to breathe. He said he had to walk from one end of the store to the other entrance while pushing his father in a wheelchair. [full article]