Gulf Shores Bank Robbed

Gulf Shores Bank Robbed

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GULF SHORES, Alabama -

Just before one o'clock in the afternoon a man walks into Alabama Credit Union. Dressed in black he approaches a teller, hands her a note that says he has a gun and wants money. Once he gets what he wants he leaves and the search begins. 

"The suspect a black male approximately 35 to 40 left the area on foot and we set up a perimeter pretty much immediately," says Gulf Shores police Sgt. Jason Woodruff.

A 10 block area is shutdown. As a precaution, Gulf Shores elementary, middle and high school are placed in lockdown.

"It makes us feel better because that guy can't get through those rooms," says 11th grader John Bentley. "So, it's a security kind of thing."

"We don't know if someone is in the school or in the area," says student Jon Lee. "So we just wait till the principal comes in and tells us."

A coast guard helicopter joins the search using its infrared technology and spots something near the school but then loses it. "Before we say we can't find him we want to make sure we've looked everywhere," says Woodruff.

Police believe the bandit had a vehicle stashed nearby for his getaway. As of right now, it seems to have worked.

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