To demand that social distance be respected, a man took up his pistol and started shooting inside a hotel located in Miami Beach

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Florida.- A man was arrested and accused of several charges for firing a firearm four times at the reception of a hotel of Miami Beach in order to demand that other people keep the distance Social required by COVID-19.

The warning shots fired by Douglas Marks, 29, inside the hotel Crystal Beach Suites this Monday did no harm to anyone, according to a police report.

Marks, who came to reception to register, argued in the lobby of the hotel with a tourist and her son, from New Mexico, whom he reproached that they were not keeping the distance of six feet (almost two meters) safety recommended to avoid COVID-19 infections.

At one point, he asked the receptionist to call 911 and subsequently made « four warning shots, » he admitted in his statement to the police after being arrested.

Marks now faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, displaying a firearm while committing a crime, and shooting a weapon in public.

According to the website of the prison department of Miami-Dade, a judge bailed him $ 11,000 to get his freedom and he already paid it.

Verónica Pena, identified by the media as the woman with her son whom Marks confronted in the lobby of the hotel, told the police that he warned them that they were not keeping the distance Social and he pointed out that they should leave the place.

When the police arrived at hotelMarks stood in the lobby with his pistol in hand and was arrested without resistance.

A witness said he had interposed himself between Marks and the other people to prevent him from shooting at them, according to Local 10 channel.

Several guests of the hotel They told local television channels that they heard the shooting from their rooms and feared for their lives and those of their families, while others recalled how frightened the mother and son were at the screaming and shooting.

Southern Florida and especially the county of Miami Dade is the epicenter of COVID-19 in the state, which has accumulated more than 441,000 positive cases and more than 6,000 deaths from the disease since March 1.