A man suffered a fractured skull after being beaten with a dog bone during a fight in a Las Vegas pet shop that began in a discussion over mask policies.

Las Vegas Review Journal reported that 22-year-old Juan Hamilton was arrested and charged with attempted murder, battery, and abuse of an older person resulting in substantial bodily harm.

Witnesses of the event, which took place on November 8 at PetSmart on Eastern Avenue, told police that Hamilton and the man he is alleged to have beaten began arguing in the store over its mask policies.

Hamilton, who was behind his alleged victim in line, left the store and then returned with a dog bone. Witnesses say he then used the bone to bludgeon the older man.

Local police said that the victim of the attack suffered a fractured skull and a severed artery.

Hamilton was identified by PetSmart employees as he was a regular at the store and held a PetSmart rewards card. A report of the incident produced by the Metropolitan Police Department and released on Thursday said that video footage was then used to identify Hamilton.

Hamilton, who was also charged with burglary of a business and is being held on $5,000 bail, denied he was responsible for the attack, telling police that he had not been to the store for several months.

Hamilton will appear in court on November 30, with court reports indicating that he is to abide by a 6 p.m. curfew and avoid all PetSmart stores.

Las Vegas and the state of Nevada are currently advising residents to follow instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the wearing of masks during the ongoing COVID global pandemic.

The CDC COVID tracker currently shows 16 of 17 counties in Nevada are experiencing substantial or high COVID transmission levels, with only Esmeralda demonstrating low transmission rates. This means the wearing of masks in indoor settings is required for all individuals above the age of 2, even those who have been fully vaccinated.

Nevada Health Response is currently urging all citizens to get fully vaccinated as quickly as possible. According to The New York Times COVID tracker, currently, 54 percent of Nevadans are fully vaccinated. This is just under the average for the United States as a whole, which is 59 percent fully vaccinated.

The daily average of new COVID cases in the state is 679, which is 22 new cases per day for every 100,000 people. This is a reduction in cases over the last 14 days of around 19 percent.

In order for mask mandates to be dropped in a county, Nevada Health Response says that its transmission rate must drop below “substantial transmission” to “moderate transmission” for two consecutive weeks. With relaxed mask rules, only unvaccinated people are required to wear a mask in public, indoor settings.

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A stock image of COVID masks. A man was beaten with a dog bone in a Las Vegas pet store following a dispute over mask requirements.
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