A shootout took place in Bethlehem Township, about 70 miles north of Philadelphia, last week after a man opened fire with an AK-47 over an argument about wearing a mask.
According to NBC News, “A man in Pennsylvania opened fire last week on a Bethlehem cigar store employee after refusing to wear a mask inside the store, police said.”
The man was identified by police as 35-year-old Adam Zaborowski.
According to the report, Zaborowski entered Cigars International in Bethlehem Township at 11:23 a.m. Friday, police said. He was not wearing a face covering as the store requires and the governor has mandated.
After being told to wear a mask by employees, the man became irate. He then grabbed two cigars from a shelf and exited the store without paying, police alleged.
After leaving the store, Zaborowski pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and fired once in the air and twice at the employee who confronted him.
No one was injured at the scene but Zaborowski fled.
He was identified by investigators and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, robbery and reckless endangerment.
“Due to prior offenses, he was also charged with persons prohibited to possess a firearm,” police said.
The next day, according to the report, “a Slatington police officer and two Pennsylvania state troopers stopped Zaborowski while he was driving, authorities said. After he stopped, he jumped out of the vehicle and started shooting at police with an AK-47, striking a Slatington police car, State Trooper Nathan Branosky said.”
“Both the Slatington Borough officer and troopers returned fire and struck Zaborowski,” Branosky said.
Zaborowski was flown to a hospital.
Zaborowski faces 22 charges related to the Slatington incident, including attempted homicide, aggravated assault and robbery. He’s also recovering from a gun shot wound to the leg.