TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities swarmed an apartment complex east of Tampa, where they believed a robbery suspect was holed up Friday after a botched ATM robbery left two people wounded by gunfire.
Shots were fired during a scuffle outside a credit union between a Brinks security driver and the would-be robber, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said. A man authorities described as a good Samaritan was also shot as he came to the aid of the driver.
Chronister said both men were rushed to the hospital, and their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
The suspect ran off, and authorities said they may have tracked him down to a nearby apartment complex.
A squadron of sheriff's deputies descended at the scene, as a law enforcement helicopter hovered above the neighborhood not far from the credit union.
Sheriff Chronister said the Brinks driver was attempting to reload money into the cash machine at GTE Financial when he was approached from behind by an assailant. A scuffle ensued, and shots were fired.
When the Samaritan saw the commotion, he bolted from his car to help fight off the assailant but was also shot, the sheriff said during a Friday afternoon news conference.
Several schools went on lock-down, Chronister said, but did so independently.