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Takoma Park bank shooting, robbery injures one

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TAKOMA PARK, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a bank customer was robbed and shot outside a Takoma Park bank.

Takoma Park police say the 33-year-old customer was leaving the Capital One bank, located in the 1100 block of University Boulevard, just before 7 p.m. Monday when he confronted by the robber.

"He shot him in the hand and then took off running across New Hampshire Avenue towards Prince George's County," explained Takoma Park Police Spokeswoman Cathy Plevy.

The victim was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. It was not clear how much money was taken.

Wilber Diaz was getting ready to leave the sub shop he owns next door when he saw the commotion.

"I saw the police, a lot of police cars over there," Diaz said.

Just last year, an armed robber held a teller at the same bank hostage. The woman escaped after the gunman slipped. The suspect was killed during a shootout with police.

While some say more security should be in place, others believe that won't serve as a deterrent for criminals.

Tom Morris of Takoma Park said, "It's just a matter of paying attention to where you are and not thinking something wont happen to you."

Police say the assailant was described as having a medium to dark complexion and weighing 170 to 190 pounds. Authorities say he was wearing a black hat and jacket, black of gray shoes and gray pants.

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