Video: 3 shot in robbery

updated 5/22/2007 6:39:24 PM ET 2007-05-22T22:39:24

Three masked gunmen stormed a community bank Tuesday, killing one person and wounding two others during an exchange of gunfire with a security guard before fleeing, authorities said.

A man in his 20s died, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said. Police had earlier said a 23-year-old male teller was shot in the back.

The suspects were only inside Illinois Service Federal Savings and Loan for four or five minutes and got away with a small amount of cash, Deputy Police Chief Michael Shields said.

He said police were checking the license plate of a vehicle caught on surveillance tape leaving the area.

The three victims — a male security guard, a teller and a female customer — were initially all hospitalized in either serious or critical condition, Shields said.

"Due to the extreme amount of violence in this crime," the FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for their arrests, FBI spokesman Frank Botche said. He said authorities believe the same suspects may have been involved in another bank robbery two weeks earlier.

The suspects entered the Illinois Service Federal Savings and Loan around 9:30 a.m., grabbed a weapon from one of the bank's two guards, and one suspect jumped over the counter, Shields said. Police said some of the robbers also may have been shot during the heist.

No gunshot protection
The bank has no bulletproof separation between customers and tellers, said Chicago Alderman Freddrenna Lyle, a customer of the bank in her ward. She said the bank was trying to appear less intimidating to customers in the largely black community.

Pilar Jones said her daughter, Jasmine Tate, is a teller at the bank and called her from the building. It was her second day on the job.

"She yelled into the phone: 'We're being robbed. A security guard has been shot and I can't get out,'" Jones said. Tate, 18, was unhurt, her mother said.

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