Reported By Tracee Tolentino, Reporter - bio | email
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Metro police are searching for the gunman who opened fire during a bank robbery Tuesday afternoon at the Pinnacle Bank on Andrew Jackson Parkway in Hermitage.
Officers responded to the bank, located just north of Lebanon Pike, shortly before 2 p.m.
Authorities said a bank employee was eating lunch in a conference room just off the lobby when the gunman entered the building, demanded money and yelled, "No police!"
According to police, the suspect fired a shot into the room after he saw the woman look out into the lobby and close the conference room door.
The bullet lodged into the wall and did not strike the woman.
"This bank robber deliberately fired at the teller through a closed door. The shot was not fired into the ceiling or the floor, but through the closed door where she was. She obviously could have been very seriously hurt," police spokesperson Don Aaron said.
The 41-year-old woman was transported to a local hospital for an injury to her hand.
Police said they do not believe she was hit by the bullet and may have received the injury from hitting her hand on a table as she was taking cover.
Initial reports indicated a teller at the bank was shot in the arm.
The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash from a teller before fleeing in an older model white Grand Prix.
He was last seen wearing a dark-colored makeup, jeans, a plaid shirt, sunglasses and a khaki boat-style hat.
Police are continuing to search for the man and said he is considered dangerous.
"This is a very dangerous man. He obviously will resort to gunfire and extreme violence to get his way," Aaron said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.