Murder - 20-year-old gas station clerk fatally shot after asking customer to wear a face mask
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20-year-old gas station clerk fatally shot after asking customer to wear a face mask


Story by Frank Jordans

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Published on September 22, 2021 11:02 AM
 
ā€œIā€™m shaken by this terrible murder of a young man who merely asked that existing rules be followed,ā€ Annalena Baerbock said in a tweet. Prosecutors told Germany's dpa news agency that the man wasn't previously known to police and that he wasn't legally entitled to possess the firearm found at his house.
 
BERLIN ā€” Senior politicians in Germany expressed shock over the weekend killing of a young gas station clerk who asked a customer to wear a face mask, and they warned Tuesday against the radicalization of people who oppose the country's pandemic restrictions.

A 49-year-old German man was arrested in the fatal shooting of the young male clerk on Saturday in the western town of Idar-Oberstein. The suspect is being held on suspicion of murder.

Authorities said the man told officers he acted "out of anger" after being refused service for not wearing a mask while trying to buy beer.

"He further stated during interrogation that he rejected the measures against the coronavirus," the Trier police department said in a statement.

A requirement to wear masks in stores is among the measures in place in Germany to stop the spread of the virus.

According to police, the suspect left the gas station after the dispute but then returned a half-hour later wearing a mask and fatally shot the 20-year-old clerk in the head...