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Fund set up for shooting victim suspect faces life in prison
HARRISBURG, Pa. (1/13/10)--Westmoreland Community FCU has established a fund to help with family expenses for a teller who was shot Friday during a robbery at the credit union. The man suspected of the shooting faces life in prison. The teller remains in stable condition at a local hospital, but is facing another surgery after being shot in the stomach, said the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA). The credit union opened on Monday because employees wanted to show that they were not defeated by the robbers (Life is a Highway Jan. 12). A Crafton, Pa., man accused in the shooting, David Louis Mathis, faces life in prison for shooting and robbery. Lamont Laprade, of West Virginia, is being charged with armed bank robbery and conspiracy. They appeared in federal court in Pennsylvania Monday (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jan. 11). Robbers may have taken $10,000 during the robbery, the newspaper added. A gunman entered the credit union Friday and fired four shots--one of which hit a teller. He demanded that employees take him to the vault, but they were too nervous to do so. He managed to get cash from a teller window. Laprade was arrested Friday, and Mathis was arrested Saturday at a local mall. Westmoreland Community FCU, Greensburg, Pa., has $44 million in assets.
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