Three arrested for shooting at armored car guards

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Armed men opened fire on two guards at a West Palm Beach bank Wednesday afternoon - wounding one and just barely hitting the other.

Police say the Loomis armored van guards were refilling an ATM at the Wachovia Bank at 4900 Okechobee Boulevard in suburban West Palm around 10 a.m. when they were confronted by as many as seven men.

At least one wore a mask. One of the guards was shot in the leg before the other guard returned fire.

"Everybody started yelling, 'Panic! Close the doors! Call 911!' And I just rushed to the bathroom," said Angelica Coyne, who was inside the bank when gunshots rang out. "It was kind of scary. A lot of panic."

After searching for several hours, police arrested 23-year-old Cornelius Wilson, 26-year-old Randy Sampson and 24-year-old Courtney Griffin, all of Riviera Beach. Four other men remain at large.

Bank customer Curtis Pryor was using an ATM by the bank's front door when he heard guns go off.

"I heard two small shots and, within seconds, I heard another nine shots," Pryor said. "At least eight to nine shots. It was pretty heavy. I was like, 'Oh, that's a 9 [mm handgun.] I gotta move.'"

Pryor took cover inside the bank leaving his car running and money sitting on the ATM.

The Loomis guard, who returned fire, was grazed by a bullet, police said, but he was able to drive his wounded partner to Good Samaritan Medical Center near downtown West Palm Beach. The wounded guard's injuries are non-life-threatening.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman was unsure if any of the suspects were hit by the return fire. The gunmen's blue van was found abandoned not far from the bank.

Investigators later found discarded clothing and masks. The men did not get away with any money.

On July 22, two men with an AK-47 and handguns robbed an armored truck in Pompano Beach. The men fled the scene in a gray Honda Civic with an undisclosed amount of cash and have not yet been caught.

An FBI spokeswoman says right now the agency does not believe the two heists are related.