Armored car employee shot in face during bank robbery - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Armored car employee shot in face during bank robbery

Brinks armored car at the crime scene. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Brinks armored car at the crime scene. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
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A female armored car security guard was shot during a bank robbery in Hickory Hill, according to Memphis Police Department.

Investigators received a call around 11:20 a.m. about a robbery and shooting at the SunTrust Bank at Hickory Ridge Mall. 

Police said the two robbers were wearing all black. They shot a Brinks employee in the face in an attempt to steal bank money she was carrying into the bank. First responders initially reported the woman was shot in the chest.

Police said the suspects left in a black Acura and the other female Brinks employee followed them.

"She followed protocol to turn on the sirens and I think she chased the guy until the police came and pulled her over," Kendrick Reid said. 

Reid's wife was the Brinks employee who followed the robbers in the armored truck after they had robbed the bank and shot her fellow employee.

"I can see she's shaking real bad," Reid said.

Back at the bank, residents ran to help the guard on the ground. 

"I saw two young guys and they were running," resident Earlene Burnett said. 

Witnesses said people were sprinting from the Hickory Ridge Mall to help the victim. They said she was shot in the face and her vest was covered in blood. But, they said when the ambulance arrived, she was able to sit up.

"She was sitting up in the ambulance with blood all down her face," resident Sirita Anderson said.

The suspects are still on the run and residents said that something has to change in order to stop this from happening again.

"We need more. We need the National Guard or something because this is out of control," Burnett said.

The driver's husband said she called him while she was attempting to catch the robbers. He said what shakes him the most is the fact that he had seen the employee who was shot that morning.

"I dropped my wife off and waved at the young lady," Reid said.

He said he can't understand why someone would do this to his wife and her co-worker.

"People are so brazen," he said.

He's just thankful his wife is safe.

"I just grabbed and hugged her."

The woman is in the hospital in critical condition.

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