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Officials: No threat following claims of man with a gun inside Walmart

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RICHLANDS, Onslow County - Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller says deputies responded to the Walmart in Richlands following claims of a man with a gun.

Miller says after responding, deputies evacuated and searched the location. No threat was discovered.

A message was posted on the official Onslow County Government Facebook page Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. stating:

"Onslow County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that NO PERSON WITH A GUN was in the Richlands Walmart. Investigators learned the person in question was seen stealing an item from the store. NO ONE was walking around with a gun nor threatening people. OCSO deputies will continue to investigate the individual allegedly seen stealing."

The Walmart reopened shortly before noon.

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