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Police Probe Double-Shooting, Robbery At Toronto Bank

04/21/2013 02:14 EDT | Updated 06/21/2013 05:12 EDT
A pair of armed suspects vaulted the counters of a TD Bank branch in Toronto's west end on Sunday afternoon, during a violent robbery that left one employee with a leg wound and a customer shot in the abdomen.

Toronto police Staff. Insp. Mike Earl told reporters that two male suspects entered the bank at 2555 St. Clair Ave. W., shortly after noon.

Both men were armed. Police believe one suspect had a rifle and the other a semi-automatic handgun. The bank was full of customers and staff.

"They took over the bank … they vaulted the counters, removing money," Earl said, when describing the incident to reporters.

Earl said that at one point, the suspect with the handgun tried to shoot a customer "who was not complying immediately, or fast enough for his demands."

That round ended up hitting a 22-year-old woman who works at the bank, Earl said. She was wounded in the left leg.

Earl said the suspect with the rifle got into a "confrontation" with that same male customer, who subsequently chased the suspects into the parking lot when they left the bank.

Once again, the suspect with the handgun fired at the customer.

"That customer was struck in the abdomen," Earl said.

"He is in serious condition right now in hospital, in surgery."

After the shooting, blood could be seen on a car and the ground outside the bank.

The suspects were believed to have been driving a green, four-door Honda Civic that was reported stolen overnight, Earl said. The empty vehicle was found Sunday night in North York and impounded by police.

Earl gave the following description of the suspects, whom he described as "young adults":

- A black male, armed with a rifle, who was wearing a "quilted-type vest" over his clothing, blue jeans, as well as a "hooded-type sweater underneath."

- A black male, armed with a handgun, was wearing a White Sox ballcap, with a hoodie overtop and blue jeans.

Anyone who sees the suspects should not approach them, Earl said. Police should be called immediately if they are spotted.

Earl described the suspects as "very armed and very dangerous."

He said it is rare for customers or employees to be hurt, or wounded in a bank robbery.

Earl confirmed that the suspects got away with money, though he did not immediately know how much.

Police are now interviewing the people who were in the bank at the time of the robbery. Forensic officers were also present at the scene on Sunday.

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