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S. Calif. store evacuated after report of gunman

Posted: December 24, 2012 4:00 p.m.
Updated: December 24, 2012 4:00 p.m.

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A Wal-Mart in Southern California was evacuated Monday after shoppers say they saw a man dressed in camouflage enter the store with what appeared to be an assault rifle or shotgun, authorities said.

Witnesses said just before 6 a.m. a man walked into the store and asked to speak to a manager, Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Joshua Morales said. They told investigators the man was carrying a weapon, but authorities are unsure if it was real or a replica.

There were no shots fired and no reports of any injuries. Nothing was stolen from the store.

It's unclear if the man spoke to the manager or if he had any other intent, Morales said. Investigators searched the area and were unable to find the man. The store was evacuated for a few hours as a precaution.

"We're cloudy right now as to what transpired," Morales said.

Investigators planned to review surveillance tapes to determine what happened and hadn't ruled out that the man may have wanted to buy ammunition.

Moreno Valley is about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.


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