Man who fired gun in Miami hotel because people weren’t social distancing charged with assault

A 47 year old man identified as Douglas Marks has been arrested for shooting at a mother & son for failing to observe ”social distancing” at a hotel lobby.

He proceeded to ask them to leave the hotel & then brandished a gun and shot “several” times in the lobby. No one was injured

Per Sheldon Fox:  These are bullets blasted into the lobby floor of the Crystal Beach Suites Hotel inches from the front desk. @MiamiBeachPD say a man fired his gun in anger over a mother & son not social distancing.

MiamiHerald reports a South Florida man fired a gun at a Miami Beach hotel after police say he became enraged over a mother and son’s lack of social distancing.

Douglas Marks, 29 – Miami-Dade County Corrections

MiamiHerald reports Douglas Marks, 29, was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, use of a firearm to commit a felony and discharging a firearm in public. Jail records show he’s being held at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on $11,000 bond.

The incident occurred Monday evening in the lobby of Crystal Beach Suites on Collins Avenue. Marks noticed a woman, later identified as Veronica Pena, sitting on a couch with her son. He approached the two and told them to leave.

“You all aren’t social distancing,” Marks barked, according to the arrest report.

Ignoring him, Pena and her son didn’t move. She then overheard Marks say, “Let me take care of them, I have two people not following directions,” before he grabbed a black firearm and let off several shots, according to Miami Beach police.

No one was injured.

Marks later admitted to the shooting, saying that he did so because someone was following him. He also claimed to have asked the hotel front desk to call 911 before firing “four warning shots,” the report says.