Update: Police searching for alleged armed shoplifter near OKC grocery store

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UPDATE: Oklahoma City police are clarifying that no shots were fired inside the store.

However, officers say he had a gun but do not believe a shot was actually fired.

Residents are encouraged to be alert.

Authorities stress that he could be armed with a weapon.


OKLAHOMA CITY – Authorities say they are searching for a suspect, who may be armed, in northwest Oklahoma City.

Police say they were called to the Crest grocery store, located near N.W. 23rd St. and Meridian Ave., after a man was caught shoplifting.

Initial reports say the suspect is an employee who was caught stealing items.

When he was confronted, witnesses say the man pulled out a gun and fired one round into the store.

Fortunately, no one was injured when the gun was fired.

At this time, officials say the bullet went into the ceiling.

Authorities say he fled the scene on foot and officers are now searching for him.

They are warning residents that he may still be armed.

He was last seen wearing a black shirt and black jeans but officers say he may have taken off his shirt in an alleyway as he was fleeing the scene.

Police say he may be hiding in the area of the Windsor Village Apartment complex.

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