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Deputies: Florida man angry masks not worn, threatens mass shooting at Publix

Charged with making threat of a mass shooting
Deputies: Florida man angry masks not worn, threatens mass shooting at Publix
Posted at 10:42 AM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 11:42:33-04

SEBRING, Fla. -- Authorities say a Florida man posted on social media that he was going to shoot up a grocery store because not enough people were wearing masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office says 62-year-old Robert Kovner was arrested Tuesday and charged with making a written threat of a mass shooting.

Investigators say the Sebring man had threatened to carry out the shooting at a Publix, though officials didn’t identify a specific store.

Health officials have recommended people wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Some cities and counties require masks be worn in grocery stores and other public places.

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