Gunfire erupts during armored car robbery

February 6, 2010 5:16:33 PM PST
The FBI is now looking at surveillance video after two men robbed an armored car in southeast Houston Saturday morning. Agents say two men started a shootout with the guards while trying to get money. It all happened while the Brinks armored vehicle was at a check cashing store off the Gulf Freeway and Monroe just after 8am.

It could have been a lot worse. Fortunately, most of the businesses in the area were closed when the shootout happened. According the FBI, the crew of the Brinks armored truck was making a delivery at the check cashing store when two young men pulled up and robbed the guards. At one point, the suspects and the driver of armored truck began exchanging gunfire.

The driver of the armored truck was hit, but we're told he wasn't seriously wounded. A man standing nearby was also hit by a fragment of a bullet, but he, too, is expected to be OK.

"We're very lucky," said Jeffrey Michael with the Houston Police Department bank squad. "You got a busy intersection right here at the Gulf Freeway and Monroe. You got a suspect comes out with a gun, starts just shooting. We're lucky that nobody was seriously injured."

Minutes after the shooting, authorities did find the suspects' getaway vehicle just a short distance from the scene. The two men, however, got away with an undisclosed amount of money. At this point, it's unclear whether either suspect was shot during the shootout.

Authorities are currently reviewing surveillance tape from the scene to see if they can identify the suspects.