Police search for two in connection with gun found in Target toy aisle
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:27:11 GMT —
***UPDATE: Myrtle Beach police say they have located Chavonne Tere Moore, who Capt. David Knipes says was the last known registered owner of the handgun. They had released earlier Thursday that they were looking for her. Capt. Knipes says they are following up with her, but have nothing to report yet.
Surveillance video has been released as police search for clues as to how a gun ended up in the toy aisle at a Myrtle Beach Target store last Friday.
Police are looking for a man in the video.
According to the police report, a loss prevention officer was watching the store surveillance cameras and noticed someone acting suspicious in the toy aisle.
When the officer went to the toy aisle to investigate further, he found what he thought was a toy gun in plain view in a toy box on the shelf. He soon realized it was a real gun, loaded with live ammunition, and called police.
"We don't know the motive behind putting the gun there. We don't know if loss prevention might have spooked the subject so he thought he was being followed, or might have been getting ready to get stopped so he ditched the gun, or if there was some other motive," said Captain David Knipes, with the Myrtle Beach Police Department.
Capt. Knipes said investigators are now trying to find the man in the surveillance video.
"The gentleman whose picture was released was observed by loss prevention as being suspicious in the area, and that's why we released his photo to try and find out who he is," said Capt. Knipes.
If you have any information you can call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC and remain anonymous. There's a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible.
Target released the following statement to ABC News: "The safety and security of our team members and guests is our highest priority. Specific to the incident you describe, we take these matters very seriously and are partnering with local law enforcement."