A shooting inside a bank Monday in Broussard left an employee injured and led to an ongoing manhunt that resulted in school lock downs. Residents looked on quizzically from their porches and yards as police officers from several agencies fanned out around town in what appeared to be a multi-pronged operation.
“There were cops all down this road on foot with assault rifles,” Dennis Duhon, who works in a machine shop across from the Community First Bank, where the crime occurred, said about an hour after the incident.
Investigators focused on areas around an apartment complex off Ridgeview Drive, where an officer in a hazardous materials protective suit scoured the contents of a large dumpster.
Police activity also was apparent in a neighborhood adjacent to the apartment complex. Officers guarded an abandoned Ford Crown Victoria with oversize wheels that was parked in the middle of Village Square Drive. A home in the 100 block of McNary Street was quarantined with crime tape.
Police offered only a few details about what happened. Around 10:50 a.m. a man fired a bullet from a silver revolver into a locked set of glass doors inside the bank, which is in the 800 block of Albertson Parkway, according to a written statement from Broussard Police Chief Brannon Decou. The robber then leaped onto a teller's counter, demanded money and stole an unknown amount of money from a register, according to Decou's statement.
Decou did not explicitly state when the employee was injured, but he said earlier in the day the robber fired only one shot. The victim is in stable condition, Decou said. No arrest had been announced as of 6:30 p.m., but the schools but Katherine Drexel, Broussard Middle and St. Cecilia schools were released from lock down by at 1:30 p.m.., according to Decou's statement.
A witness captured a somewhat blurry photo of the suspected robber escaping through the rear parking lot facing Ridgeview Drive, according to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, which released the photo. Additional photos released later by the Broussard Police Department included one of the robber on the counter with shattered glass in the background.