UPDATE: Police searching for suspect in Rite Aid incident

By: KKCO - Email
By: KKCO - Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Grand Junction Police are still looking for the suspect involved in an incident at the Rite Aid on 12th Street.

According to police, the suspect walked into the store and asked an employee for an application. When the employee told the suspect the store wasn't hiring he pulled a gun and threatened the employee. The suspect then shoved the employee and ran off. Witnesses say they gun was left inside the store.

Police are describing the suspect as a white male, in his 20s, who was wearing a flannel hoodie that's brown in color. He was also wearing a baseball hat.

Police tracking dogs were called to the scene to help in the search for the suspect. Officials say they're also looking for witnesses who were inside the store who might have seen the incident occur.

The store, located across the street from Mesa State College remained opened for business.

Police placed nearby Orchard Avenue Elementary School on shelter-in-place as a precaution. A posting on the School District's Web site reads "As of 3:40 p.m., Orchard Avenue Elementary students who ride the bus will be placed on their bus like usual and buses can be expected to run on time. Parents who have students who ride the bus can expect to pick them up at their regular bus stop. Students who walk home or are typically picked up by parents will be released to parents after buses have left. Parents should expect some delay picking up students and will need to show I.D. at the front doors of the school to pick up their student."

We will bring you more information on this developing story as it becomes available.

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