Image: Alleged bank robbers
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The suspects, believed to be in their late teens or early 20s, pulled a gun inside a Chase bank branch and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.
updated 8/6/2007 5:47:07 PM ET 2007-08-06T21:47:07

Two young men held up a bank Monday just after it opened and shot two employees before fleeing, police said.

The suspects, believed to be in their late teens or early 20s, appeared to have been wearing masks. They produced a handgun inside a Chase bank branch and demanded money, then fired two shots, police said. They escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.

One victim was shot in the abdomen and the other was shot in one arm, police spokesman Phil Russell said. Both were in surgery and neither injury was considered life threatening, Russell said.

No customers were in the bank during the robbery, but there were three or four employees inside, Russell said.

Police found the getaway car, a blue Chevrolet Impala, soon after the robbery, Russell said.

Late Monday morning, the FBI released bank surveillance camera photos of the suspects. Both were wearing blue jeans. One wore a blue shirt and a white baseball cap and the other wore a white shirt and a dark cap.

Randy Thompson, owner of C.T. Haircutters across the street from the bank, was at work at 9:15 a.m. and didn’t realize what happened until police pulled up.

“I just saw the police swarm. I didn’t see anyone take off,” Thompson said.

Thompson, who has owned the barber shop for 18 years, said several other banks and a convenience store in the area have been robbed recently. The stores are within about two blocks of an expressway.

“This is the hot corner,” Thompson said.

Chase is a consumer and commercial banking brand of JPMorgan Chase & Co., headquartered in New York.

A Chase spokeswoman, Mary Kay Bean in Detroit, said the only thing she could say was that police confirmed two employees were shot.

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