Chicago man pulls submachine gun over a 22-cent Pepsi sales tax dispute

By Tom Boggioni
Sunday, April 13, 2014 22:14 EDT
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A Chicago man is under arrest after pulling a submachine gun on store owners after he became upset at having to pay 22-cents sales tax on his purchase of a two-liter bottle of Pepsi.

Nahshon Shelton, 36, was arrested after he pulled a Intratec .22-caliber submachine gun out of his Gucci bag when the owners of the convenience store he was patronizing insisted he pay the sales tax on top of the $1.79 cost of the soda, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

According to Assistant State’s Attorney Claire Savaglio, who said the entire incident was captured on video tape, Shelton allegedly threatened to kill everyone in the store.

“I’m going to shoot you in the head three times,” Shelton told one person, before telling another, “I’m going to smoke your ass.”

Police arrived and observed Shelton yelling at customers in the store before they took him into custody.

This “is my neighborhood, I’m tax exempt!” he allegedly told the police. “Man, you know what, I’ll keep it real. I had to put them in their place.”

Shelton has been charged with aggravated assault, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and having an invalid Firearms Owner’s Identification (FOID) Card card.

Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas has ordered Shelton held without bail.

Tom Boggioni
Tom Boggioni
Tom Boggioni is based in the quaint seaside community of Pacific Beach in less quaint San Diego. He writes about politics, media, culture, and other annoyances. Mostly he spends his days at the beach gazing at the horizon waiting for the end of the world, or the sun to go down. Whichever comes first.
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