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Shootout at CU in California employee injured
SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. (2/8/08)--A female employee of a credit union in California received a minor head injury when three men posing as delivery men Wednesday robbed the credit union and later fired gunshots at a pursuing security guard. It was the second incident in which gunshots were fired during a credit union robbery within a month (News Now Jan. 22). One of the suspects was later arrested at a nearby freeway (KNBC.com and Whittier Daily News Feb. 6). Four men arrived at Vons Employees FCU, located on the grounds of a Vons distribution center, at about 10 a.m. in a red Buick LeSabre. Three of the men went inside while the fourth drove away. The men demanded cash, and one pushed back against the door, which shoved a teller into the wall, Donna Young, executive vice president, told the newspaper. The teller was taken to the hospital and released with a small cut. The three men fled in a Chrysler PT Cruiser. A security guard gave chase but the three pointed guns at him and began firing. The security guard didn't return fire and fled. This was the first robbery at the credit union, which has six branches. Sante Fe Springs location is its smallest branch. Last month in Michigan, Devarence Damon Kimbrough, 22, of Elkhart, Ill., was shot by a security guard during an exchange of five shots at Berrien Teachers CU in Niles, Mich., on Jan. 18. Kimbrough later died (News Now Jan. 23).
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