Police investigate Monday where two armored truck guards were shot at a BMO Harris Bank branch in Chatham. | Manny Camarillo/Sun-Times
The guards were loading an ATM Monday morning in Chatham when two to four gunmen came up and demanded the cash, police say.
Two armored truck security guards were shot and critically wounded during an attempted robbery Monday in Chatham on the South Side.
The guards were loading an ATM at 10:20 a.m. at a Bank of America branch in the 200 block of West 83rd Street when two to four gunmen came up, demanded cash and opened fire, Chicago police said.
One of the guards, a 47-year-old woman, was shot six times and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, police said. She was in traumatic arrest as paramedics brought her to the hospital, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt said.
The other guard, a 46-year-old man, was shot twice in his abdomen and taken to the same hospital in critical condition, police and fire officials said.
Police said the suspects, who were at-large, were wearing all black clothing and masks.
The gunmen did not take any of the cash, according to a spokeswoman for the FBI, which was handling the investigation.
Employees at a home remodeling store next to the bank said they heard a few rounds of gunfire. They said witnessing gunfire is unfortunately becoming routine for them.
“We’re getting used to it,” said an employee who asked not to be named. “The worst part is these shootings aren’t happening at night, you know, they’re during the day. It’s scary.”
The two security guards were employed by Garda, which released a statement saying two of its employees were critically wounded in “foiled robbery attempt.”
“At this time, we are focusing on supporting them and their immediate families,” a Garda spokesperson said in a statement. “We are working closely with the authorities in their investigation to find the perpetrators.”
Monday’s shooting happened across the street from where a 15-year-old Simeon High School student was gunned down in September, just a block away from campus.
In March, an armored truck crew shot a gunman who tried to rob them at a BMO Harris Bank branch in the North Austin neighborhood.