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On Monday afternoon, law enforcement agencies near Grand Canyon National Park were notified of shots fired outside a hotel in Tusayan.

While no injuries were reported, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office was informed that a man had been pointing a gun at people inside and outside  the Squire Inn in the city located just south of the Grand Canyon's South Rim entrance.

Ezekiel Valenzuela, 23, was identified as the man with the gun and has been taken into custody, according to a sheriff’s office media release

Witnesses reported to sheriffs that Valenzuela and a woman, identified as Reyna Munoz, 20, had an altercation in the arcade at the inn. After several bystanders attempted to stop the altercation, Valenzuela pulled a hand gun from his waist, pointing it at the crowd.

As the two exited the inn and began walking toward a forested area near the hotel, the man pointed the gun at an employee in the parking lot.

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Sheriff authorities report that the two work at a local restaurant and live in homes in the area.

Sheriff's deputies, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and National Park Service Rangers found the two and detained them without any injuries.

“Munoz reported she had been the one who had discharged the gun after taking it from Valenzuela. Munoz reported she had not discharged the gun at anyone,” the release stated.

The two were booked on aggravated assault, endangerment, disorderly conduct with a deadly weapon and false information to law enforcement.

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Scott Buffon can be reached at sbuffon@azdailysun.com, on Twitter @scottbuffon or by phone at (928) 556-2250.


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