A pair of armed men vaulted the counters of a TD Bank branch in Toronto's west end on Sunday afternoon, during a violent robbery that left one employee with a leg wound and a customer shot in the abdomen.
Toronto police Staff. Insp. Mike Earl told reporters that the men entered the bank at 2555 St. Clair Ave. W., shortly after noon.
Police believe one of the men had a rifle and the other a semi-automatic handgun. The bank was full of customers and staff.
"They took over the bank … they vaulted the counters, removing money," Earl said, when describing the incident to reporters.
Earl said that at one point, the man with the handgun tried to shoot a customer "who was not complying immediately, or fast enough for his demands."
That round ended up hitting a 22-year-old woman who works at the bank, Earl said. She was wounded in the left leg.
Earl said the man with the rifle got into a "confrontation" with that same male customer, who subsequently chased the robbers into the parking lot when they left the bank.
Once again, the robber with the handgun fired at the customer.
"That customer was struck in the abdomen," Earl said.
"He is in serious condition right now in hospital, in surgery."
After the shooting, blood could be seen on a car and the ground outside the bank.
The robbers were believed to have been driving a green, four-door Honda Civic that was reported stolen overnight, Earl said. The empty vehicle was found Sunday night in North York and impounded by police.
Earl gave the following description of the suspects, whom he described as "young adults":
- A black male, armed with a rifle, who was wearing a "quilted-type vest" over his clothing, blue jeans, as well as a "hooded-type sweater underneath."
- A black male, armed with a handgun, was wearing a White Sox ballcap, with a hoodie overtop and blue jeans.
Anyone who sees the suspects should not approach them, Earl said. Police should be called immediately if they are spotted.
Earl described them as "very armed and very dangerous."
He said it is rare for customers or employees to be hurt, or wounded in a bank robbery.
Earl confirmed that the robbers got away with money, though he did not immediately know how much.
Police are now interviewing the people who were in the bank at the time of the robbery. Forensic officers were also present at the scene on Sunday.