TEXAS CITY, Texas — Police are investigating accusations that a Texas City convenience store clerk locked some children inside the store and pulled a handgun on them after a shoplifting incident.

One of those held at gunpoint by the clerk was an 8-year-old girl who police said was not among those who was in on the candy thefts.

The incident happened at the T&T store in the 7300 block of FM 1765 near La Marque High School. Reportedly, several children of various ages were in the store after school let out and some were stealing candy.

When the clerk confronted them, some dashed out of the store dropping candy on the ground, according to police.

The clerk reportedly locked the doors, pulled out a gun and pointed it at some of the children who were still in the store. The clerk eventually let the children go.

The gun was never fired and no one was hurt, police said.

That night, the 8-year-old girl’s mother called police to report the incident. Texas City Police Capt. Brian Goetschius said police launched an investigation Saturday and plan to interview the girl Tuesday with the help of the county’s child advocacy center.

“We have no allegations she was shoplifting,” Goetschius said.

Police had not been able to determine how many children were involved or how many allegedly were held in the store at gunpoint.

Police did find candy on the floor near the store’s door, Goetschius said.

Police requested a copy of the store’s surveillance video, but it had not been reviewed during the weekend, Goetschius said.

No charges had been filed in connection with the incident.

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