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Costco near Cal Expo in Sacramento is evacuated after report of man with gun, but threat is over

Police responding to a report of an armed man inside the Costco near Cal Expo in Sacramento on Thursday night determined the threat was over after not finding anyone matching the description, police said.

Police received a call around 7:30 p.m. of a man with a gun in the gas station area of the Costco, located at 1600 Expo Parkway in Johnson Business Park section of the city, according to Sgt. Vance Chandler.

A few minutes later, officers received a second call of the alleged gunman walking into the store, he said. The caller provided a description of the man and his vehicle.

It’s unclear whether the two callers were the same person.

Police arrived and evacuated the Costco, Chandler said. They conducted a search of the store by 8 p.m. and then watched surveillance footage.

After not finding anyone matching the description they were given, the threat was deemed over around 9 p.m., police said.

“For us, our priority is making sure that everyone stays safe,” Chandler said. “So we had that initial information that someone was armed with a firearm and as a precaution, the officers and the supervisors made a decision to evacuate the store.”

The threat came about a week after more than 30 people died in mass shootings in Gilroy, Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. The El Paso shooting occurred at a Walmart.

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Molly Sullivan covers crime, breaking news and police accountability for The Bee. She grew up in Northern California and is an alumna of Chico State.
Meghan Bobrowsky, from Scripps College, is a local news reporter for The Sacramento Bee, focusing on breaking news and school funding. She grew up in nearby Davis.