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Man with gun tried to kidnap young girl, deputies say

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BURKE COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Deputies in Burke County are looking for a man they believe tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl Thursday evening. 

Investigators told WBTV the incident happened around 5:40 p.m. on Willowtree Church Road, just north of Morganton.

The girl was reportedly standing near her mailbox when a man drove up and asked her if she wanted a ride. 

The girl told deputies he had a gun on the seat, and though he didn't point it at her, he kept picking it up and showing it to her. She then ran back to her house screaming and he drove off, according to authorities. 

Burke County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a middle-aged African American male driving a white car. 

The man is described as a black male, around 40 years old with short black hair and a birdlike tattoo on his right shoulder.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Burke County Sheriff's Department at 828-438-5500. 

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