Coughing started argument, led to man firing gun at Johnstown Sheetz

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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) — Police in Johnstown have arrested two individuals involved in an incident at a Johnstown Sheetz where shots were fired.

Dispatch says the call went out just before noon at the Sheetz on Broad Street in Johnstown.

Guillermo Alverez, 56

Police say the incident began as a verbal altercation caught on surveillance between Guillermo Alverez, 56, and William Sauro, 53, when the situation escalated. Police say during the verbal altercation, Sauro entered his vehicle and attempted to hit Alverez.

Then, police say Alverez pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots at the vehicle.

Charging documents say Suaro claimed the incident began when he told Alvarez to cover his cough because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

William Sauro, 53

As a result of the full incident, police have charged Sauro with one count of aggravated assault and one count of recklessly endangering another person.

Police say Alverez is also being charged with one count of aggravated assault and one count of recklessly endangering another person.

Police say no one at the scene needed any medical attention.

The video seen above caught the second half of the incident by a viewer. Police say the whole event was caught on multiple security cameras.

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