LAFAYETTE — A masked gunman entered a bank on Moss Street on Monday morning, fired a handgun at least once and stole an employee’s vehicle to get away with an undisclosed amount of cash, Lafayette police said.
Police spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton said no one was injured in the American Bank & Trust Co. heist reported to police at 9:41 a.m.
Mouton said the robber abandoned the employee’s vehicle in the 100 block of Comfort Street, a short distance from the bank, 2931 Moss St.
Mouton said detectives would try to retrieve the gunman’s image from video surveillance.
The north Lafayette location of the robbery and the discovery of the abandoned getaway vehicle near Comfort Lane prompted Lafayette Parish school officials to temporarily lock down campuses, officials said.
By 1 p.m., all schools had been reopened except Ossun Elementary School, which is near the Comfort Lane area where the robber abandoned the getaway car, school official Angela Morrison said.
Morrison said school officials were getting information about the robbery from city police.
Schools locked down were Acadian Middle School, Evangeline Elementary School, J.W. Faulk Elementary School and Northside High School.
Detectives about 10:30 a.m. were seen looking for fingerprints on the bank’s front door and taking statements from a landscaping crew that was working nearby.
Mouton said the gunman wore a mask, a white T-shirt and blue jeans and is about 5 feet, 7 inches tall.
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