Chicago Man Allegedly Pulls Submachine Gun over 22-Cent Sales Tax

CHICAGO, April 14 (UPI) -- A Chicago man who claimed he was “tax exempt” and didn’t have to pay the 22-cent sales tax on his $1.79 two-liter of Pepsi allegedly pulled a .22 caliber submachine gun to avoid forking over the extra cash at a convenience store on Saturday.

Nahshon Shelton was charged with five counts, including felony unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated assault and having an invalid FOID card, and is currently being held without bail.

“I’m going to shoot you in the head three times,” the 36-year-old allegedly said during the incident. “Right now I’m going to smoke your ass. You’re not listening, I’m killing everyone in here.”

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

According to Assistant State Attorney Claire Savaglio, the entire incident was captured on the store’s surveillance cameras.


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