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Loaded 9-MM Gun Found In Toy Aisle Of South Carolina Target Store

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Jun. 6 2014, Published 2:33 p.m. ET

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In a disconcerting story, police said that a 9-mm handgun loaded with eight bullets was found on top of a Playskool box at a South Carolina Target, rattling locals who believe it was intentionally set there in hopes a tragedy would occur.

"I don't think someone would accidentally drop off a gun," Target shopper Kennedy McClain told the Myrtle Beach station of the May 30 incident. “I think he purposely left it there for a child to pick up and think, 'Oh it's a toy gun,' and accidentally point it at somebody and it goes off.”

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The gun was thankfully found by an adult store worker, who reported it to Myrtle Beach Police Department. The worker said there was a suspicious male threading the aisles on the evening of the incident.

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The store says it’s unable to reveal further details “because this matter is under active investigation.

We take these matters very seriously and we are partnering with local law enforcement on this incident,” Target PR specialist Evan Lapiska told WMBF. "The safety and security of our team members and guests is a top priority for Target.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective H. Jones at 843-918-1911.

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