WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A man faces attempted first-degree murder after shooting and wounding one employee after the restaurant refused him service for not wearing a facemask.
- The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds but has been released from the hospital on Friday.
- There are currently no municipality-wide facemask rules for when in public places in Aurora, Colorado.
Kelvin Watson is accused of shooting one employee after being asked to wear a facemask inside a Waffle House restaurant. The police filed attempted first-degree murder charges on Monday. Arapahoe County Public Defender’s Office is appointed to provide legal assistance and representation to Kelvin Watson.
The public defender’s office did not immediately respond to the request for comments made on Tuesday.
Per the arrest affidavit from the police department, the suspect entered the Waffle House on Thursday, shortly after midnight. The waitress working at that hour instructed the suspect about restaurant policies on wearing masks, telling him that he needed to wear a facemask to be served. The restaurant was only offering take out services.
The suspect exited the restaurant, only to return with a facemask in hand and was again told he could not be served without wearing the mask. Kelvin Watson pulled out his gun before telling the cook he could “blow your brains out,” employees who witnessed the incident said.
Midnight Friday, the suspect made his way back to the store and slapped the cook across the face after the victim told the suspect that per restaurant policies, he was not going to be served again. The police said that the victim ran to get away from the attacker, but the suspect caught up and shot him in the chest and abdomen outside of the restaurant. The victim was sent to the hospital and has been released Friday afternoon.
Njeri Boss, spokesperson for the restaurant forwarded their distraught over the incident. “We are deeply saddened and regret that this senseless act of violence occurred.”
There are no municipality-wide facemask rules for when in public places in Aurora, Colorado.
The novel coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. The patients support fevers and cough that clear up in two to three weeks, but this is not the case for some. Older adults and people with existing health problems are prone to severe complications that are fatal.