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Gunman shoots employee in East Tennessee bank robbery

October 24th, 2013 2:00 pm by Beth Burger, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Gunman shoots employee in East Tennessee bank robbery

Police officers investigate a robbery Wednesday at the First Tennessee Bank on East Brainerd Road. (Angela Lewis/Times Free Press)

CHATTANOOGA — Even for a bank robbery, this one was rare.

A suspect entered a bank in East Brainerd on Wednesday morning and fired two shots into the ceiling before demanding cash. Rarely are shots ever fired in the thousands of bank robberies committed annually across the nation.

What came next made this robbery even more unusual.

The suspect shot and wounded a bank employee. FBI statistics also show that it's rare for anyone to be injured during a bank robbery.

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