Man aims gun at Black man yelling at diners in Old City about social distancing

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philly police are looking into an incident that was caught on camera over the holiday weekend. A man aims a gun at a guy who was yelling about social distancing to outdoor diners in Old City.

People were outside, sitting at restaurant tables on the sidewalk on 2nd Street close to Market Street on Sunday, when things got heated. According to witnesses, a man who had been on his bike started shouting at the diners about social distancing and the lack of mask wearing.

And a cell phone camera was rolling. A video capturing the incident, first shared on Twitter by an intern working for City Councilmember Isaiah Thomas, has gone viral on social media.

This happened yesterday on 2nd ST in Old City Philly WHERE I WORK!! My friend Liz, the blonde in front of the man with the gun, was standing up for the young black man who only had A BIKE LOCK!!! We need answers!! @FOX29philly @6abc @NBCPhiladelphia

— Dj Torney ♛ (@Dj__Torney) July 6, 2020

The video shows a man, who appears to be white, pointing his gun at a Black man, telling him to move, which he does — carefully. There’s some yelling from others nearby. One white woman in particular is seen defending the Black man, yelling that he didn’t do anything wrong.

The man with the gun, according to multiple reports, is the owner of the Infusion Lounge in Old City. He told NBC 10 it was self-defense; the other guy was attacking him, and he was just protecting himself.

Councilmember Thomas tweeted, "After a weekend of too much gun violence, more guns is not the answer."

Police are investigating, and they want to talk to witnesses. Charges have not been filed.