A man pulled out a gun and fired 4 ‘warning shots’ in a Miami hotel lobby after telling guests they weren’t social distancing

Hotels in Miami. Crystal Beach Suites Hotel not pictured.

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  • Police arrested Douglas Marks, 29, in Miami Beach, Florida, for firing “four warning shots” at Crystal Beach Suites Hotel, reported USA Today. No one was injured.
  • He reportedly pulled out a black pistol and started shooting after telling a woman and her son in the hotel lobby they weren’t social distancing and needed to leave.
  • The woman told police she heard Marks say, “Let me take care of them, I have two people not following directions.”
  • Witnesses and hotel surveillance confirmed the incident. An anonymous bystander said he tried to shield the mother and son.
  • “I grabbed my daughter and everybody and put them on the floor,” hotel guest Elio Rodriguez, who heard the shots from his hotel room, told local outlet 7News.
  • Marks claimed he was being followed, according to the police report. He faces several charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
  • This is just the latest public confrontation caused by disagreements over face masks and social distancing.
  • This summer, McDonald’s workers have been assaulted by anti-mask customers, mask mandates on flights are causing mayhem among passengers, and a brawl broke out over social distancing at an Arkansas restaurant.
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