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Nev. gunman may have had grenade

Associated Press / November 8, 2010

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LAS VEGAS — Authorities said yesterday that they found what appeared to be a hand grenade inside a knapsack dropped by a gunman at a Las Vegas-area Walmart.

A Las Vegas fire department spokesman said the knapsack was secured by a bomb squad, but investigators weren’t immediately able to determine whether the object inside was real.

Police Lieutenant Steve Herpolsheimer told the Las Vegas Sun the incident began Saturday when the Henderson store refused to cash a man’s check. A guard followed the man outside, where he allegedly struck the guard with a gun. The gun went off, firing one round into the air.

The man fled, dropping the bag. The guard wasn’t hurt and no one was struck by the fired round.

The store was evacuated and closed for about two hours while police swept the store with a bomb-searching dog. The device found in the bag was taken away to be dismantled, police said.

Las Vegas police said the suspect remains at large. He left a fake identification card with his photo. Investigators said store employees recognized the suspect from a previous incident.

Las Vegas fire department spokesman Tim Szymanski said investigators were busy working another case yesterday and would not determine until today whether the grenade is genuine or an inert souvenir without explosive components.

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