Man Pulls Submachine Gun Over 22-Cent Sales Tax

| by Michael Allen

Nahshon Shelton allegedly threatened to kill the employees of a Chicago convenience store with a .22-caliber submachine gun because he didn't want to pay a 22-cent tax on a $1.79 two-liter of Pepsi on April 5.

“I’m going to shoot you in the head three times,” Shelton allegedly said, reports DNAinfo Chicago. “Right now I’m going to smoke your ass! You’re not listening, I’m killing everyone in here.”

After being arrested, Shelton was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and having an invalid Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

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

Shelton is being held without bail.

His submachine gun reportedly had eight live rounds in one magazine, five rounds in a second magazine and one in the chamber.

Sources: DNAinfo Chicago and Chicago Sun-Times