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A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after he opened fire on a Waffle House employee who asked him to wear a face mask.

The attack took place early Friday at a restaurant in the Denver suburb of Aurora. According to the police, the employee suffered a gunshot wound and was transported to a hospital. The shooter was arrested on Monday.

The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Kelvin Watson, had tried purchasing takeout food when he was told by a cook that he could not order without a mask.

Watson allegedly came back later that night with a mask, which he was not wearing, and was again turned away by the same cook. He then placed a gun on the counter and threatened to shoot the employee.

The suspect returned for the third time Friday and was rejected. At this time, he slapped the cook before opening fire. The victim was shot in the chest or abdomen as they ran for safety.