Shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday (June 23) morning a lone gunman entered the Wells Fargo Bank branch on Peachtree Parkway and Spalding Drive in Peachtree Corners and demanded money from one of the bank tellers. During the robbery he shot a male employee before making off with an undisclosed amount of money.
Cpl. Jake Smith, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department, said that a customer entering the bank heard gunshots, ran out of the building and called police.
Gwinnett police said that the suspect is a black male with a light complexion in his early 20s to early 30s in age with a slender build. He was wearing a black dred type wig possibly with a hat and brandishing a small caliber semi-automatic handgun. He was seen leaving in a bluish green sedan.
Because a gun was used in the crime, the FBI is now taking over the investigation, Cpl. Smith said.
The wounded bank employee is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital, Gwinnett police reported. No information is available on the number of employees that may have been in the bank at the time of the robbery.
According to FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett, the bank employees complied with the robber's demands, and it is not known why he began firing his gun. The FBI's report said that the robber fired toward the teller counter striking a bank employee in the arm.
The robber is also believed to be responsible for a bank robbery Monday, June 13, of a Wells Fargo Bank branch on Centerville Highway in Snellville.
Anyone with information should contact the Atlanta office FBI at 404-679-9000 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477).
Wells Fargo is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information that leads to the capture or conviction of the gunman.