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July 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Suspect, security guard shot at Central District bank

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Seattle firefighters and police were joined by the FBI at a shooting at a Bank of America at 23rd and Jackson Thursday morning. A bank security guard and another man were both injured and transported to the hospital. (Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

A security guard and second man were critically injured by gunfire Thursday morning as both men fought over the guard’s handgun outside a Central District bank, Seattle police said.

The shooting happened just after 11 a.m. outside a Bank of America branch at 23rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street. Police believe the bank guard and the second man were involved in a fight outside the bank when the man grabbed the guard’s handgun and shot the guard.

Police say the man then shot himself. Fire officials say he had a gunshot wound to the head. He also suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder, possibly during the struggle, according to police.

The guard, 46, and the other man, 30, were taken to Harborview Medical Center, where both men were reported in critical condition.

Barber George Shaw says his shop shares a hallway with the bank. He heard numerous gunshots in the hallway, and when he looked in the hallway saw two wounded men. The security guard was screaming and the other man was not moving, Shaw said.

Neither wounded man has been identified.

The guard works for the G4S security company. A spokeswoman for the security company confirmed the shooting involved one of their employees, but did not immediately have information on what happened or the guard’s condition.

Update at 11:58 a.m.: Seattle police say the shooting followed an argument between the security guard and another man. The man took the guard’s handgun and shot him, police say.

During the struggle the man was also injured by gunfire, Seattle police Capt. Pierre Davis said.

Only one weapon was involved.

It appears the security guard contacted the other man first, although it is unclear why, he said. Davis said the man never went inside the bank.

Update at 11:46 a.m.: The security guard, 46, was shot twice. The suspect, 30, was shot numerous times, including once in the face.

Update at 11:40 a.m.: Seattle police say the security guard, 46, was involved in a struggle with a 30-year-old suspect outside the bank. Both were wounded by gunfire. The suspect is in custody.

The Seattle Fire Department says both men are in critical condition.

George Shaw, a barber, says his shop shares a hallway with the bank. He heard numerous gunshots in the hallway, and when he looked saw both wounded men. The security guard was screaming and the other man  was not moving, he said.

Original post: Seattle police are reporting two people have been injured in a shooting at a bank near Seattle’s Central District.

Details are unclear, but police say a security guard and a robbery suspect have been injured in the shooting at 23rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street.

The shooting happened just after 11 a.m. at a Bank of America branch. An employee who answered the phone at the bank told a reporter,  “I’m not able to talk to you.”

A witness said a man attempted to rob the bank and a security guard opened fire, hitting the robber in the face. The guard was also shot, according to Emily Steele of Flowers Just 4 U.

The Seattle Fire Department says one wounded man is in his 40s and is in serious condition. A second man, in his 30s, suffered life-threatening wounds. Both have been taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Fire department spokesman Kyle Moore said the man in his 30s had been shot multiple times.

This post will be updated.

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