Toronto police seek suspects after 2 shot in violent bank robbery
Published Sunday, April 21, 2013 12:59PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, April 21, 2013 7:57PM EDT
Police are searching for at least two suspects after a customer and teller were shot and wounded during a bank robbery Sunday afternoon.
According to witnesses, the shooting occurred after two male suspects entered a TD Canada Trust branch, near St. Clair Avenue and Runnymede Road, just before 12:30 p.m. Sunday and ordered customers and employees to get on the floor.
The suspects, who were armed with a semi-automatic handgun and a rifle, ordered staff to hand over cash.
During the incident, the suspects fired the handgun at one of the customers, but hit a 22-year-old bank employee instead, Insp. Mike Earl told reporters on Sunday. The bank employee was wounded in the leg.
The male customer, who was initially targetted, chased the suspects outside as they fled the scene, but was shot and wounded. Police say the man suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Both injured victims were taken to hospital. The male victim underwent surgery and remains in serious condition.
"Basically, the guy, he chased them out there. The bravest guy I’ve ever met in my life," a witness told CP24. "And then he ended up getting shot out in the parking lot."
Police say the suspects got away with some of the cash, but did not disclose the amount.
Witnesses said a dye pack exploded as the suspects fled, and stained banknotes were seen on the ground after the incident.
The two suspects are described by police as black males in their 20s. At the time of the robbery, one was wearing a quilted winter vest and the other was wearing a Chicago White Sox hat. Both suspects were wearing jeans and hooded sweatshirts.
Police say they were seen fleeing the scene in a 1998 green Honda Civic, with a licence plate number “AKAC 786.” Police located the car later Sunday evening, CP24’s Cristina Tenaglia reported. However, the car was empty.
Police say the car had been reported stolen on Saturday.
The suspects are considered armed and dangerous. The public is asked to contact police immediately if they spot the suspects.
With a report from CTV Toronto’s Scott Lightfoot and files from CP24’s Jackie Crandles
Police vehicles block off a TD bank branch on St. Clair Avenue in Toronto, Sunday, April 21, 2013.
Two people have been shot and wounded at a TD bank on St. Clair Avenue in Toronto, Sunday, April 21, 2013.
Toronto police search for suspects in the Jane St. and Weston Rd. area of Toronto on Sunday, April 21, 2013 after a weekend bank shooting. (Colin D'Mello / CTV Toronto)