Bank Robbery Prompts School Lockdowns

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Schools in northern Colorado Springs were put on lockdown for several hours on Friday after shots were fired during a bank robbery getaway.

Police say around 11 a.m., two masked men walked into the 1st Bank at Union and Briargate Boulevard. They were armed with assault rifles and ordered bank employees to the ground.

The gunmen took off with an undisclosed amount of cash. But in the parking lot, a customer followed the suspects in his SUV. Near the intersection of Zephyr and Rickshaw, investigators say the suspects fired several shots at the witness’ vehicle—hitting it several times. Fortunately, no one was injured. But the back window of the SUV was shot out.

This is the second time this bank has been robbed in less than two weeks, although police say they don't believe the two robberies are related. But they are looking into a possible connection between this robbery and another at a nearby bank in October.

Police believe the suspects were driving a green car---perhaps a Honda, a Grand Am or a Grand Prix.

All District 20 schools were immediately put on lockdown for several hours, as a precaution, while authorities searched for the gunmen. No one was allowed to leave the schools, which is the normal procedure during these types of situations.

If you have any information on this robbery, call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP in Colorado Springs or in Pueblo at 542-STOP. Your anonymous tip could earn you a cash reward.