A Florida man was so enraged at a woman and her son for not practicing social distancing inside a Miami Beach hotel lobby that he grabbed a gun and fired several shots Monday evening, authorities said.
Douglas Marks, 29, did not strike the family, but his reckless actions frightened numerous tourists and staff at the Crystal Beach Suites Hotel, local news outlets reported.
“The guy came and started shooting,” a witness told WSVN. “The son and the mom were, like, crying, and they were scared.”
Police said the shooter had confronted the mother and son for not following coronavirus guidelines in the lobby. He then lost his patience, grabbed a firearm and fired at least four “warning shots” into the floor while screaming at the family, police told a local ABC affiliate station.
When officers arrived, they found the suspect wearing a mask and holding a black pistol. He was arrested without further incident.
Another witness at the scene, Elio Rodriguez, said he was in a room with his wife and child when they heard the “real loud” shots.
“I just grabbed everybody and put them on the floor,” he told WSVN.
Marks was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm in public and using or displaying a firearm while committing a felony, online jail records show.
No one was injured in the shooting.
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