Camo-Clad Shopper Prompts Evacuation at Moreno Valley Walmart

A man wearing camouflage and carrying what looked like a gun walked into a Moreno Valley Walmart and demanded to see the manager.

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    A Moreno Valley police squad car outside a Wal Mart early Monday during an evacuation.

    Last-minute holiday shoppers were evacuated from a Walmart store in Moreno Valley Monday morning, after a man dressed in camouflage and carrying what looked like a gun walked in and asked for the manager.

    The evacuation – at 6 a.m. on the morning of Christmas Eve – continued for about five hours, authorities said.

    The camo-clad man entered the 24-hour store on Moreno Beach Drive and started walking toward the back, said Deputy Joshua Morales, of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

    Employees called police from the store, and customers call 9-11 from their cellphones, he said, and the buidling was soon evacuated, he said.

    The man apparently left the store, but authorities kept it closed as they searched for him and looked for additional information.

    It was not immediately clear whether there were any confrontations, Morales said.

    The evacuation order was lifted by 11 a.m. Monday.

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