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Gun-toting hotel guest fires ‘warning shots’ after telling guests off for not social distancing

A man has been arrested in a Miami Beach hotel after reportedly firing four warning shots in a hotel lobby for guests who weren’t social distancing.

According to USA Today, the man – who we refer to as ‘M’ – fired the shots after telling a mother and her son that they were not social distancing in the Crystal Beach Suites Hotel lobby. The shots did not result in any injuries.

The woman told police that she and her son went down to the lobby to wait for her boyfriend. While she was there, as they waited by the lobby elevator, they encountered M, who they did not know.

According to the report, M told the woman and her son “you all need to leave”, and that “you all aren’t social distancing”.

The woman said she ignored him and took her son to sit on the couch in the lobby but overheard him saying, “Let me take care of them. I have two people not following directions.”

In a statement to Miami Beach Police, the woman said she heard M repeat “you all need to leave” and then heard gunshots and ran out of the hotel with her son, USA Today reported.

Her son supported his mother’s statements and said that he saw M holding a black gun. He confessed his involvement in the incident to police.

Police then took the man to a local corrections facility, where he was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, firearm use and display while committing a felony and discharge of a firearm in public, according to USA Today. He has since posted bail.

Travel Weekly has reached out to Crystal Beach Suites Hotel. We have also reached out to Twitter’s communications team for comment, after discovering Crystal Beach Suites Hotel’s Twitter account has been suspended.

Twitter suspends accounts that violate its safety, privacy or authenticity rules.


Featured image source: Instagram/crystalbeachsuiteshotel

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