Suspected shoplifter fires shots inside Target store in Oceanside

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- A suspected shoplifter detained by a security guard at a Target store Thursday pulled a gun and fired several shots before fleeing with a woman.

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.

“I heard a first shot go off and started grabbing my baby. I heard another shot, maybe 10 to 15 seconds after and started running to the back," said shopper Lanae Powell, who was with her two month-old daughter. "Some kids were around me and I told them to run towards the back. I got out in the back corner of the store,"

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.

“There were people crying and hysterically screaming," said shopper Ali Johnson.

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.

Store employees and customers were evacuated and standing outside as police investigated the incident.

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