Mother’s Day shopping during a global pandemic certainly had one Publix customer on edge.
A man pulled a gun on another customer at the grocery store while standing in line at the deli counter, according to Orlando police.
Officers say the 73-year-old victim was waiting to be served just before 6 p.m. on Saturday when he noticed an unfamiliar face scowling in his direction.
“Sir, what can I do for you? Do we know each other,” the customer asked, according to the incident report.
The man then stepped back, drew a firearm and aimed it at the other shopper.
“You don’t want to [expletive] with me,” the shopper recalled the gun-toting man saying before he placed the firearm back under his shirt, abandoned his groceries and left the store.
The disturbance caused quite a scene at the Orlando Publix as both customers and employees rushed to flee the store, police say. It was during this commotion that the man managed to escape virtually undetected.
Although no was injured, police need help identifying the gunman so that he can be charged with aggravated assault and battery.
Subsequent interviews with Publix employees revealed that the suspect looked “furious” and had his finger on the trigger during the entire encounter, according to the report. They described the man as wearing a dark blue “FILA” shirt, blue jeans and dark gray shoes with black laces. He also wore a blue surgical mask, blue surgical gloves and a hat.
Police managed to find another shopper who matched the gunman’s description shortly after incident, the report says. A Publix employee had seen the man running out of the store with his hand on the firearm in his waistband. Video surveillance footage later cleared him of any involvement, police say.
The investigation remains ongoing.