A 20-year-old employee at a pumping station in Idar-Oberstein West Germany was shot dead Saturday night for refusing to sell beer to a man without a mask. The perpetrator was arrested on Sunday morning. The suspect stated that the “pressure of the pandemic forced him” to shoot the employee in the head, local prosecutors report.
The 49-year-old man is said to have felt like he was being pushed into a nook and “saw no other solution,” the prosecutor said. The gunman tried to buy two six packs of beer on Saturday night, but the employee pointed out to him the obligation to wear a face mask in the store. On this, the man left the pumping station.
He returned an hour later, this time with a face mask on, and wanted to buy beer again. When he dropped the beer at the box office, he pulled off the mask from his nose and mouth. The salesman tried to urge the man to comply with the face mask duty again. The man then pulled a firearm and shot the employee in the head.