OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Authorities released surveillance photos of the suspected shoplifter detained by a security guard at a Target store Thursday who pulled a gun and fired several shots, along with a photo of the female companion with whom he fled.
The suspect began struggling and produced the pistol as the loss- prevention officer was taking him to an office at the store in the 2500 block of South El Camino Real in Oceanside shortly after 1 p.m., according to police.
After firing several shots near the front doors, the man ran out of the store along with a woman, got into a black 2012 BMW with her and drove off to the west on Vista Way, Lt. Leonard Cosby said. Nobody was hurt.
Authorities evacuated shoppers from the store and searched it to make sure no hazards remained, the lieutenant said. Officers fanned out through the area in search of the shooter and his companion, described only as Hispanics in their 20s.