By Associated Press - Wednesday, March 11, 2020

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A man believed to be among a group of people trying to rob an armored vehicle Wednesday morning in the parking lot of an Iowa bank was seriously wounded in a shootout, police said.

The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. outside a Waterloo U.S. Bank branch in northeastern Iowa, police said in a written statement. Police and medics who arrived on the scene found a man with gunshot wounds who was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. His name had not been released by early Wednesday afternoon.

Police said an initial investigation showed that a number of people in a vehicle tried to rob the armored car in the bank’s parking lot when the shootout began. Police later found the suspects’ vehicle abandoned a few blocks from the bank. No arrests had been reported by Wednesday afternoon.

No armored car guards were hurt in the shooting.

The shooting was the second outside an Iowa bank in recent months. On Dec. 4, a shooting outside a Lu Verne bank in northern Iowa left a bank employee dead. Valentino Williams, of Coralville, was sentenced to life in prison last month after pleading guilty to felony murder in that shooting that killed Jessica Weisharr, 43, of Algona.

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