Pregnant Bank Teller Shot During Indianapolis Robbery

By: AP
By: AP

INDIANAPOLIS - A bank teller pregnant with twins was shot in the stomach during a robbery Tuesday morning, and police were questioning two teenagers as "persons of interest."

Indianapolis police spokesman Lt. Jeff Duhamell said the teller, who is five months pregnant, was in serious to critical condition but was alert when taken to a hospital.

"This is senseless. Some poor lady, trying to make a living, pregnant, shot by a man without any provocation," said Indianapolis Police Chief Michael Spears.

Police did not release the teller's name or age, or say whether the fetuses were hit.

The gunman came into the Huntington Bank branch around 9:30 a.m., jumped over the counter screaming and shot the teller in the lower abdomen, Duhamell said. He then fired another shot as he was running out of the bank, he said.

Duhamell said the shooter got away with money, but would not say how much.

Detectives were questioning two teenage males who were taken into custody while trying to enter a nearby high school, Spears said.

"At this point, it's not fair to say they're suspects," he said. "I prefer to say they're persons of interest."

He said police also were searching the locked-down school for a weapon. Other schools in the area were locked down as police searched for the suspect. Officers were also combing streets and a large field behind the bank.

Police said the suspect jumped into the passenger side of a car to get away, suggesting that more people were involved in the robbery.

Duhamell said it is unusual for bank robbers to shoot anyone because tellers are trained to simply hand over the cash.

One customer and three employees were in the bank during the robbery, a Huntington spokeswoman said.


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