MORENO VALLEY ( — A 24-hour Walmart store in Moreno Valley was evacuated Monday morning due to a gun scare, authorities said.

A call of a suspicious person wearing camouflage at the store came into officials at 5:57 a.m., the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

Several witnesses reported seeing the man carrying a rifle or shot gun as he walked to the store manager’s office.

According to surveillance video, the suspect was also wearing a trench coat and appeared to be carrying a brief case.

“We are still unclear of what transpired between that individual and the store manager,” a deputy told KNX 1070.

Authorities believe the suspect exited the rear of the building and no shots were fired.

The sheriff’s department closed the store and set up a perimeter. A K-9 unit also responded.

The outstanding suspect was last seen in a nearby field, according to officials.

No injuries were reported.

The store, located at 12721 Moreno Beach Drive, reopened around 10:45 a.m.


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