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Masked Man At Oakland Pharmacy Prompts Police Standoff

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A surveillance image of a  masked man entering a CVS store in Oakland's Rockridge neighborhood. (OPD)

A surveillance image of a masked man entering a CVS store in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood. (OPD)

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OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A masked man that entered a CVS store in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood Friday morning left before police officers arrived and surrounded the building for hours, police said.

The masked suspect was possibly armed when he entered the CVS store at 5100 Broadway, according to police. Employees were evacuated and police had surrounded the building by 8 a.m.

Police believed the suspect might have still been in the building and a perimeter was established in the neighborhood.

A SWAT team responded and issued orders to the suspect before entering and clearing the building. He was not found inside, police said.

Police said that surveillance video showed the masked man walking up to a counter in the store, then exiting the rear doors of the building before police arrived.

Normal business at the CVS resumed shortly after the SWAT team cleared the building. The store was scheduled to open at 7 a.m. Friday.

People are advised to avoid the area and police said traffic may be blocked on Broadway during the standoff.

All workers at the store were safely evacuated, according to police.

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