Pregnant bank teller shot during Ind. robbery

April 22, 2008 11:13:31 AM PDT
A bank teller pregnant with twins was shot in the stomach during a robbery Tuesday morning, and a police search was under way for the gunman. 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.

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.

Schools in the area were locked down as police searched for the shooter. They were combing streets and a large field behind the bank in search of the shooter.

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.