A shop worker has been murdered in Germany after refusing to sell beer to a maskless customer.
The 20-year-old petrol station clerk was shot dead by the 49-year-old who returned home to pick up a gun after the dispute on Saturday evening, police said.
The suspect first entered the shop in Trier in western Germany at around 7.45pm without a mask and tried to buy a six-pack of beer.
A shop worker has been murdered in Germany after refusing to sell beer to a maskless customer (pictured)
The 20-year-old petrol station clerk (pictured) was shot dead by the 49-year-old who returned home to pick up a gun after the dispute on Saturday evening, police said
The worker told him to comply with the petrol station’s rules and would not serve him without wearing a protective face covering.
The customer, who ‘rejected measures against Covid’, started an argument with the worker before leaving the shop empty-handed.
Around an hour later, he returned wearing a mask and carrying a concealed revolver.
He then approached the counter, pulled down the mask and gunned down the student employee.
Senior public prosecutor Kai Fuhrmann said the victim died from a gunshot wound to the head and the suspect fled on foot.
A manhunt was launched before the gunman handed himself into police the following day.
The 49-year-old was then arrested on suspicion of murder after he told officers he ‘acted out of anger’.
The worker told him to comply with the petrol station’s rules and would not serve him without wearing a protective face covering. Pictured: people pay their tributes outside the shop
‘He further stated during interrogation that he rejected the measures against coronavirus,’ police said in a statement.
They added that the pandemic had greatly stressed him and he ‘saw no other way out’ than to make an example of the shop worker.
Fuhrmann said the gunman held the victim ‘responsible for the overall situation, because he enforced the rules’, DW reported.
During a search of his apartment, police found the murder weapon along with other firearms and ammunition.
A requirement to wear masks is among the measures in place in Germany to stop the spread of the virus.
The suspect, a German citizen, was not identified by name in line with privacy laws.