Four Greenwood County District 50 Schools were placed on semi-lockdown Wednesday morning as deputies investigated a bank robbery in the area, according to a spokesman for the school district.
The Early Childhood Center, Mathews Elementary, Woodfields Elementary, and Brewer Middle School were affected.
“All of the students and staff are safe. We will continue to keep you informed on this situation via our social media and websites as we receive more information from law enforcement,” spokesman Johnathan Graves stated in an email.
Just after 1 p.m., the district announced the lockdowns were lifted.
Greenwood County deputies said they responded to Emerald Credit Association Federal Credit Union on the 2000 block of Kateway in Greenwood after getting reports of an armed robbery. Dispatchers had told deputies that three to four masked individuals came into the bank with firearms and demanded money.
The four suspects involved fled in a blue van, according to witnesses.
Upon arrival, deputies determined that all employees were okay and no customers or suspects remained on scene.
A female bank teller in the bank during the armed robbery said she was in the break room area when she heard a scream, turned around, and saw an armed figure wearing a mask. She described one of the suspects as wearing all dark clothing, globs, standing about 6 feet tall with a stocky build, and possibly male. She said the suspect was wearing a mask that looked like an elderly Caucasian male.
According the bank teller, the suspect came towards her and told her to get on the ground, and then told her to "get the money." She said one of the suspects made her go to the lobby of the bank as he held her at gunpoint. She told deputies she then put the money from the drawers in bags at the suspects' request and then was forced to bring the keys to open a safe.
The suspects then retrieved money from the safe, said the bank teller, and told her and another person to go into the bathroom and come out in one hour.
After a few minutes in the bathroom, the bank teller told deputies she heard a customer calling for them, and she and the other person inside the bathroom wen to contact law enforcement.
Deputies said just before 12:30 p.m. that the van had been located and there was no immediate danger to the community.
There is still no word on an exact amount of currency taken from the bank by the suspects at this time. Stay with FOX Carolina for the latest.
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