From our News Partners at WCBD-TV:
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - A Target employee found a loaded hand gun in the toy aisle of the store -- and police have now released an image of a man linked to the firearm.
The Myrtle Beach Police report states a handgun was laying in a Marvel Superhero Playskool toy box in plain sight in the Target at 1150 Seaboard Street.
At first, the employee who found it said the gun appeared to be a toy gun and there was a product wrapper next to it so it looked like someone tried to shoplift some merchandise. However, the gun was real and loaded with live ammo.
On Thursday afternoon, Myrtle Beach Police released a photo of a man they are seeking in connection with the incident.
According to the police report, the Target employee says the man was seen walking around the toy aisle and appeared "nervous" and "fidgety".
Captain David Knipes with the Myrtle Beach Police Department says at this time the man is only wanted for questioning and there have been no charges filed in the incident.
Knipes says the weapon has not been reported stolen; however the last known person the gun was registered to is a woman. He would not release the identity of the woman.
Knipes says they are also looking to question the owner of the gun, but as of Thursday police have not been able to locate her.
News 13 reached out to Target's Corporate Offices for a comment. They have not responded.
The Myrtle Beach Target, where the gun was found, did issue this statement:
"The safety and security of our guests and team members is of the utmost importance to Target. We are partnering with local law enforcement on this incident. Because this is part of an ongoing investigation any additional questions can be directed to the local law enforcement"
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