UPDATE: There have been arrests in connection with the shooting. Details below from Yahoo News followed by the original story.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A woman, her adult son, and husband have been charged in the fatal shooting of a security guard who refused to let her daughter enter a Family Dollar in Michigan because she wasn’t wearing a face mask to protect against transmission of the coronavirus.
Teague, 45, argued with Munerlyn, 43, before leaving. Two men later came to the store.
Teague; her husband, Larry Teague, 44; and Ramonyea Bishop, 23; are charged with first-degree premeditated murder and gun charges.
Larry Teague also is charged with violating Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order mandating that all customers and employees must wear face coverings inside grocery stores, Leyton said.
Witnesses identified Bishop as the man who shot Munerlyn in the back of the head, Leyton said.
Sharmel Teague has been arrested. Police were looking for her husband and son.
No information has been released about the daughter, who has not been charged in the shooting.
End of update. Original story below …
America has looked on as “protesters” in Michigan brazenly brandished weapons and demanded that Governor Whitmer re-open the state on their terms. Many believed the governor should abandon all the requirements of wearing face masks and other social distancing orders. Governor Whitmer stood strong, however, and as of this writing, Michigan’s requirements to wear face masks and stay distant from one another where possible remain intact.
The people objecting to the order were unchallenged on bringing weapons into the capitol and tried to intimidate police and lawmakers. Now it seems that such appeasement may have emboldened one of them, or someone who supported the anti-lockdown mob.
In Flint Michigan over the weekend, an on-duty security guard, working at a Family Dollar, was shot and killed. Witnesses at the scene say that the shooter and guard got into a dispute about wearing face masks in the store.
As the Detroit News reports:
Michigan State Police 1st Lt. David Kaiser said Sunday that detectives are investigating a flood of reports on social media from people who say the violence sparked when the guard told a customer he had to wear a mask, a policy set forth by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
At some point during the dispute, the suspect shot and killed the guard. The suspect then ran from the scene. Curiously, police released a pretty detailed description of the suspect, sans one detail. They described the suspect as a “thin man, wearing black faded jeans, a black sweatshirt, and black and white tennis shoes.”
Interesting that they were able to describe his clothing — down to the color of even his shoes. Not one mention, however, of the suspect’s race or color.
While it is unknown if the suspect attended the anti-lockdown rallies in Michigan, it is a pretty good guess that the “thin male” as supportive of their cause if the witness accounts are close to being accurate. It would be a very long stretch of logic that someone who got into a dispute over wearing a face mask that escalated to the point of a fatal shooting was not a supporter of the anti-lockdown “protesters.”
The victim, Calvin Munerlyn, was an African-American man who was employed as a Security Guard assigned to work at the Flint Family Dollar.
The family and close friends say Calvin was known as a gentle giant, someone you could confide in and an all-around great guy.
“He would have given you the shirt off his back, the food off his table. He was the life of the party,” said Courtney Cabine; family friend.
Friends of the family have also created a GoFundMe page to help the family pay for funeral expenses.