Shots fired during bank robbery; no one hurt

LAWRENCEVILLE - Shots were fired at a Duluth bank Wednesday morning, leaving no one injured and one "armed and dangerous" robber on the loose, according to FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett.

A black man wearing a fake beard and mustache and carrying a dark-colored handgun entered the Ironstone Bank on Satellite Boulevard about 9:30 a.m. and demanded money from several tellers and the vault, according to an official FBI press release.

The suspect fired a round that barely missed a bank employee while being handed the money.

"At this point, we're still unsure of what caused the robber to fire," Emmett said, "but whether it was accidental or intentional does not change the fact that a round was fired."

Emmett said that while no one was injured, there was still a lot of "emotional distress" by those on hand.

The suspect demanded vehicle keys from several employees and then fled in one employee's vehicle, which he abandoned a short distance away. Officials believe the robber then continued his escape in another vehicle.

The robber was described as a black man, mid-20s to early 30s, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches in height, with a medium build and medium complexion.

The suspect was wearing a black nylon hat, prescription-type glasses with gold metal frames and a gray suit with a black T-shirt underneath.

Emmett said that the police do not have any suspects at this point and that on its face, it does not look like the robber had taken part in any other robberies in the metro Atlanta area.

Authorities are offering a reward for anyone offering information that leads to the identification and arrest of this subject and request that anyone with said information to call the FBI's Violent Crimes Squad at 404-679-9000.

The bank, which had a sign on its door indicating that it was closed due to an emergency for an undisclosed amount of time, could not be contacted for comment.