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One shot as would-be robber flees Little Rock bank

By David Harten , Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published November 12, 2012 at 2:18 p.m. Updated November 12, 2012 at 3:06 p.m.

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Little Rock police respond to a reported shooting and bank robbery at an Arvest Bank branch at 16107 Chenal Parkway.

Man shot during attempted bank robbery

Police say a would-be robber shot a man outside a bank Monday. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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— An attempted bank robbery in west Little Rock left one person shot and at least one suspect at-large Monday afternoon.

Little Rock Police Department spokesman Sgt. Cassandra Davis said it happened about 1:35 p.m. at the Arvest branch located at 16501 Chenal Parkway.

Davis said the would-be robber shot the victim in the leg as he fled from the bank. It is not clear if he actually got in the bank or escaped with any money.

The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to a local hospital. Davis had no information on his condition, but a witness at the scene said he didn't believe the man's injuries were life-threatening.

The shooter then fled to a nearby gas station, where a bystander opened fire on the man with his own weapon, Davis said. Authorities do not believe the man was hit.

After being shot at, the would-be robber then fled in a white vehicle. Davis said it was recovered a short time later by police at an apartment complex in the 15000 block of Chenal, but no suspects have been arrested.

Stephen Bailey said he was filling up at the gas station when he heard a loud boom from one of the shots and then saw the suspect vehicle driving off in a hurry.

"At that point then we heard people screaming and a guy laying on the ground at the Arvest bank had gotten shot in the leg," Bailey said. "... It was crazy. Midday like this, you would never expect to see a robbery and the banks aren't even supposed to be open today. It was a scary thing."

Witnesses provided conflicting information about the suspect's description and the number of suspects, Davis said, noting it's possible there were two men involved in the attempted robbery.

Davis said the armed bystander was being interviewed by police. She said contacting police and being a "good witness" is a better option for bystanders as opposed to "engaging in the violence themselves."

"It could have been more severe than what it is," Davis said. "I believe the bystander did strike another vehicle. But the potential for someone else getting injured is there."

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SRBROTHERINLAW says... November 12, 2012 at 2:51 p.m.

What a loser. He needs to go back to robery 101. Only thing he did right was run away...What a putz.

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HalALouyah says... November 12, 2012 at 2:56 p.m.

What a shock that the truck ended up at that apt. complex; too bad the bystander missed

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faytown says... November 12, 2012 at 3:01 p.m.

wild, wild west. bystanders carrying and opening up at a gas station.

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Watchman says... November 12, 2012 at 3:16 p.m.

Talk about brazen! Not only armed robbery but shooting someone. I hope they bystander was not nailed with any charges for trying to assist in the apprehension of this person. Too bad he missed!

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... November 12, 2012 at 3:31 p.m.

"armed bystander was being interviewed by police"

I hope they are nominating him for a "Hero Citizen"

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MenLR2 says... November 12, 2012 at 3:35 p.m.

Little Rock Police Department spokesman Sgt. Cassandra Davis said contacting police and being a "good witness" is a better option for bystanders as opposed to "engaging in the violence themselves." ,,,,, Yes never shoot...just wait on LRPD to get a chance to get a car available to come to your rescue....but do note that reservations may be required. Simply not enough cops on the streets for a town of this size and violence.

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JuanCarlosEspinoza says... November 12, 2012 at 4:32 p.m.

I heard the armed bystander is a doctor. Let's start a reward fund.

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Populist says... November 12, 2012 at 6:29 p.m.

Harley, who often posts here, lives in west Little Rock and is armed and looking to "get involved." Hmmm.

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HalALouyah says... November 12, 2012 at 6:59 p.m.

I don't care if it's Harley or not, whoever it was needs to go to the range and practice on hitting a moving target

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Populist says... November 12, 2012 at 8:37 p.m.

Why don't we just encourage birth control to those who should not be parents, enforce child neglect laws, and have quality schools and childrens homes? Then, there would not be so many robbers running around.

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