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Man pulls gun on customers while trying to skip the line at supermarket

By Mason White 11:59 AM February 4, 2016
Caleb C. Spraggins 

By: Tanya Malhotra
A man who did not want to wait at the checkout counter to pay for his groceries, pulled a gun on customers.

22-year-old Caleb C. Spraggins of Florida, has been arrested after waving a firearm inside the supermarket in front of customers before firing it into the air, police said.

Sarasota Police said that On Monday about 9:15 p.m., Officers were dispatched to the Moore’s Grocery on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, regarding a subject brandishing a stolen firearm in front of shoppers.

Shoppers told officers that Spraggins began yelling profanities and telling customers he was going to get in the front of the line.

When one of the customers asked him to stop, Spraggins pulled a semi-automatic pistol from his pocket and he began loading a bullet into the chamber.

Spraggins then exited the store while threatening to shoot customers. He fired a shot into the air while going southbound on Washington Court, police said.

Spraggins was tracked down to an apartment and he was arrested. Officers located a .45 caliber handgun in the apartment after they were given a consent to search the premises.

Spraggins has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, gun theft and discharge of a firearm in public.