Around 10:45 a.m., the guard was unloading money from an armored vehicle in the Chase bank parking lot when he was approached by the men who shot and killed him, said Officer Garry Flot. Multiple shots were fired, but no one else was injured, Flot said.
The gunmen took the money and fled in another vehicle, then ditched it near Adams and Green streets and escaped, Flot said. From there, they left in a gray Hyundai with a partial plate of 141654, Flot said. The suspects were described as around 5-foot-8 and wearing dark hooded jackets or sweatshirts, Flot said.
During the investigation, police surrounded a large Chevrolet SUV parked in the backyard of a vacant, blighted house in the 1700 block of Adams Street. Neighbors said nobody ever goes to the house except to cut the grass, and they had never seen a vehicle parked back there before.
Two Jesuit High School seniors, C.J. Blasgrove and Rahul Mirpuri, said they were leaving the Camellia Grill on Carrollton when they passed the bank and saw the crowd in the parking lot. A female uniformed Loomis employee was still inside the vehicle, Blasgrove and Mirpuri said.
“She’s banging on the window like she’s scared about something,” Mirpuri said.
An elderly woman from the crowd walked up to the armored car in what appeared to be an effort to console the woman, the students said. NOPD vehicles arrived moments later, and some wearing body armor entered the bank, Blasgrove and Mirpuri said.
A woman watching the investigation from across the street at Palmer Park said her niece was the partner of the slain Loomis guard, and that she worries about her niece every time she goes to work.
“Any time you put on a gun, any job with a gun, you have to be prepared,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified. “You know what kind of crime we’re in.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation — which normally handles bank robberies — is involved in the investigation. It is unclear which agency will handle the homicide investigation.
The lake-bound lane of Carrollton around the bank entrance was closed to traffic during the investigation.