Loaded gun found in toy aisle at Myrtle Beach Target store

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A loaded gun was found in the toy aisle of a Target store in Myrtle Beach, according to a report from WMBF.

The gun was found in “plain view,” on top of a superhero Playskool toy box. A loss prevention worker found the loaded gun on Friday night.

The fact that it was found in an aisle geared toward children makes some shoppers feel this was no accident.

According to the police report, a suspicious male walked up and down the toy aisle on Friday night, including the aisle where the gun was found. Target will be providing the surveillance video to police as they continue their investigation.

Senior Specialist of Target’s Public Relations Department, Evan Lapiska, sent WMBF News the following statement:

“The safety and security of our team members and guests is a top priority for Target. We take these matters very seriously and we are partnering with local law enforcement on this incident. Because this matter is under active investigation, we are unable to share additional information.”

Editor’s note: The video provided by WMBF has a caption that states “Walmart store.” This is incorrect. As the story states, the incident happened at a Target store.

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  • Scott Gustin

    Come on guys. Read the story. Did you see the last line? The editor’s note? The video was provided by a different TV station. We cannot edit the caption in the video. Thanks.

  • Dana Michelle

    guns are expensive and pretty hard to misplace. my vote goes to either, a weapon used in a crime being ditched in a very stupid place or mothers demand action planting it there as they focus their latest attacks on target. a law abiding citizen leaving a loaded gun in a store just doesnt make sense.

  • Visitor

    That was a Hi-Point. They cost less than $200 brand new. They’re the instrument of choice for criminals on a budget, though a true criminal would pay far less. Go to the seediest pawn shop you can find and ask for one.

  • Current Occupant

    The video version aired on TV included the policeman quoting the NRA’s Eddie Eagle gun safety program, “Stop, Don’t touch, Leave the area, Tell an adult”.
    Is it just a coincidence that this happens only days after Moms Demand Action began harassing Target to post “no gun” signs? Wouldn’t put it past that bunch to have planted the gun in the store.

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