Authorities say a loaded 9mm handgun was discovered in the midst of children's toys at a South Carolina Target location. 

The Associated Press reports that a worker at the Myrtle Beach, S.C. store was investigating what he believed to be a theft when he suddenly noticed the black handgun resting atop a "superhero toy box." Though he told police that he was noticed a suspicious man lurking in the area, they can't confirm that he was responsible for leaving the gun there. 

Furthermore, the weaponwhich police say wasn't reported stolenwas holding eight bullets. Police plan to review surveillance footage to identify whoever left the gun in the store. In the meantime, Target offered  a statement on the incident to WMBF:

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.

[via Associated Press and WMBF]

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