NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (1/14/11)--A 25-year-old woman was shot three times Wednesday during a holdup while using a drive-up ATM at South Carolina FCU, prompting area police to warn members/customers who use ATMs to be extra careful. This is at least the fourth time someone has been shot at a credit union ATM or drive-thru lane in the past month. The victim, Sade Williams, suffered serious but not life-threatening wounds, according to authorities (The State
Jan. 13). Williams told police that two men approached her while she was stopped at the ATM of a South Carolina FCU branch in North Charleston, S.C. at 1:14 a.m. Wednesday. One of the men shot her three times at point blank range with a silver revolver, she said. It is not certain if anything was taken during the attack. The shooting remains under investigation and no arrests were made by late Wednesday, police told the newspaper. Other episodes include:
* A woman died Dec. 22 after she was shot during a robbery attempt while withdrawing cash from an ATM at a credit union in Knoxville, Tenn. Davida Nicholson, 46, was withdrawing funds from the ATM at TVA Employees CU, when she allegedly was approached by the suspect, Brandon James Johnson, 20, who was wielding two guns. When she tried to shut the door to her truck and pull away, the suspect allegedly shot her. The truck struck the credit union building, police said. Also injured were the shooting suspect, who was shot by police, and a man in a second car at another ATM (VolunteerTV.com Dec. 22 and Knoxnews.com Dec. 22). * Three suspects were arrested in an attempted murder and robbery Dec. 16 at an ATM at a Gainesville, Fla.-based credit union. Alachua police arrested Akil Flagg at his residence on Dec. 30 in connection with the incident (Alachuacountytoday.com Jan. 9). Two suspects, Derae Jenkins, 18, and Richard Addison, 24, both of Gainesville, were arrested earlier in connection with the incident. A man was shot at while retrieving cash from an ATM at SunState FCU in Alachua, Fla., at about 11:15 p.m. Dec. 16. He had withdrawn cash from the ATM, returned to his car and was leaning forward to start the engine when a gunshot shattered the driver’s side window of the car. He was not hit but drove to the police department, where he told police he noticed a white Ford Explorer nearby (News Now Dec. 20). * A man was shot and killed by police while in the drive-thru lane at a Monona, Wis., credit union, after he took a member hostage Dec. 8 and tried to withdraw funds from the member’s account, police said. Daniel L. Thomas, 30, allegedly invaded the 63-year-old hostage’s home and drove him to the Monona, Wis., branch of UW CU, where they entered the drive-thru lane in the hostage’s sports utility vehicle. A teller recognized that the member was in trouble and called police (Wisconsin State Journal and madison.com Dec. 9).