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Suspect still at large after armed robbery at West St. Paul Target pharmacy

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Police are searching for a suspect in connection with an armed robbery at a West St. Paul Target pharmacy Thursday evening, the Pioneer Press reports.

The armed robbery reportedly took place shortly after 6 p.m. at the Super Target at 1750 N. Robert Street. According to the paper, the store was locked down for about 20 minutes with hundreds of customers inside so police could search for the gunman.

Police officers, sheriff's deputies and state troopers set up a perimeter in the area after the incident to continue their search for the suspect, but were unsuccessful.

The suspect was described by witnesses as a white male in his 30s or 40s, and 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 150 to 170 pounds. He was also reportedly wearing white athletic shoes, and dressed in all black with a ski mask and hooded sweatshirt.

KSTP says police are working with Target Corporate Security in an effort to identify the suspect.

According to West St. Paul police, the man had a handgun and demanded prescription medication. Police would not say if he received drugs or money from the pharmacy's employees.

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