Bethlehem Township

Man Shoots at Store Clerk Over Mask Policy in Lehigh Valley, Police Say

A man tried to flee with cigars from a business in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, then fired a gun after he lost his temper, police said.

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Anger over a face mask policy in a Lehigh Valley cigar store led a shooting in a nearby parking lot, police said Friday.

The suspect, who has been identified by police as Adam Michael Zaborowski, 35, of Slatington, allegedly tried fleeing with a couple of cigars before shooting at a store clerk in his pursuit, investigators said.

No one was struck by bullets. The gunman allegedly fired two shots toward the worker before firing a third into the air. He then escaped in a pickup truck.

Zaborowski remains on the loose. He is not permitted to carry a firearm, police said.

It started when the suspect entered Cigars International on Nazareth Pike in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, without a protective face mask as required by store policy, police said.

He was told of the policy by the clerk, but became upset. The clerk then offered to deliver cigars to the customer outside, police said. He allegedly wasn't interested in that offer, and fled with the cigars.

"Bethlehem Township Police identified a suspect and are preparing an arrest warrant," township police said in a statement.

A gunman, top left, allegedly fired two gunshots at a store clerk in the parking lot outside a cigar shop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, over a face mask policy, Friday, July 31, 2020, police said.
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