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Moreno Valley Wal-Mart evacuated after man, apparently armed, enters

December 24, 2012 |  8:01 am

A Wal-Mart in Moreno Valley was evacuated Monday morning after a man wearing camouflage was spotted entering the store with a rifle or shotgun, Riverside County sheriff's officials said.

The man entered the store, which is open 24 hours, about 5:57 a.m., asked for the manager and then began proceeding to 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.

"The store was evacuated and we've set up a perimeter to find the suspect," Martinez said.

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