A 40-year-old man using the drive-through ATM at a Baymeadows Road bank late Monday night was shot twice while trying to get away from two robbers wearing ski masks, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report.
The victim, who is a vice principal within the Duval County School District, drove to the intersection of Gate Parkway and Interstate 295, pulled over and called 911. Officers found the victim in his car about 11:25 p.m. and he was transported to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
The victim told police he was in his car at the ATM at Wells Fargo Bank just west of Interstate 95 when two men wearing masks approached, one of them carrying a silver revolver. The victim said he started driving away when one of the robbers fired an unknown number of shots.
According to the police report, the victim was hit in the left arm and abdomen and suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The victim said he left his ATM card in the machine, but it was gone when police went to the bank to investigate. Police assisted by a K9 officer searched the area but found nothing.
Vanessa Freeman is not only a customer of the bank, she lives down the street.
"I'm shocked. I'm stunned.," Freeman said Tuesday. "I mean I come here all the time time all hours, day, night. I'm really stunned."
Channel 4 crime analyst Ken Jefferson said being alone at an ATM at night is a recipe for trouble.
"Robbers will take advantage of that," Jefferson said. "(They) point a gun at you ... to a point where you're giving up your money."
Anyone with information about the robbery or who saw anything suspicious at the Wells Fargo branch about 11:15 p.m. is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.