Loaded Gun Found Among Target's Toys

Police on the hunt for a male suspect

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 6, 2014 6:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Target worker checking out the toy aisle in Myrtle Beach last week found what he first thought was a toy gun but turned out to be a real, loaded one, WMBF reports. Police say a male had been spotted walking up and down each toy aisle before the handgun was found in plain view on top of a Playskool toy box. It was a 9-mm with eight bullets inside, reports AP. Police have released a picture of the suspect.

Target had already been facing pressure to ban guns or at least request that customers don't bring them to stores—as Starbucks did—after images of open-carry activists in their stores spread online. "People walking through the aisles flaunting their loaded weapons ... is unacceptable," the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America tells the Los Angeles Times. The group launched a petition against Target earlier this week.

The suspect.
The suspect.   (Myrtle Beach Police Department)
A woman walks through the toy department at a Target store in this file photo.
A woman walks through the toy department at a Target store in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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