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Bank Robber Fires Shot In Rainier Beach Heist

An armed man fired off one shot during a bank robbery in Rainier Beach Wednesday afternoon.

Just after 12:30 pm, the suspect walked into the Washington Federal Bank near Rainier Ave S. and 52nd Ave S. and demanded cash from bank staff.

During the robbery, the suspect—described by witnesses as a black male in his 30s, 5’2, 140 pounds, wearing a curly wig, a light brown or tan jacket and dark-colored pants—fired off a single round from his handgun before he fled.

No one was injured in the incident.

Six schools near the bank briefly went into shelter-in-place as officers searched for the suspect, who managed to slip away.

Police are investigating whether the suspect might be involved in at least two other recent robberies in the Seattle area.

We’ll update this post with more information/pictures when available.

UPDATE: Here are some incredibly grainy pictures of the robber. Zoom and enhance!