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Wal-Mart store to reopen after no sign of reported gunman

December 24, 2012 | 11:50 am

A Wal-Mart in Moreno Valley was expected to reopen at noon after a six-hour evacuation, authorities said.

Riverside County sheriff's officials were canvassing the area after a man wearing camouflage was reportedly seen entering the store armed with a rifle or shotgun.

Sheriff's officials evacuated the store and set up a perimeter but did not locate the suspect.

The man entered the store, which is open 24 hours, about 5:57 a.m. on Monday, asked for the manager and proceeded to the back of the store, deputies said.

"Witnesses said the man was carrying an M-16 or a shotgun. We have not been able to confirm that," said Deputy Alberto Martinez.

Martinez said it is unclear what, if any, contact the man had with the manager of the Moreno Beach Road store.

He left the building through the rear without any merchandise.

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--Adolfo Flores
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