Guard shot in Norco robbery; suspects at large

NORCO, Calif. Corona Police responded to a report of a bank robbery Monday morning.

An armored car guard was leaving a Bank of America branch in Norco when he was confronted by three armed men wearing ski masks at approximately 11:45 a.m.

Police say there was an exchange of gunfire and the guard was shot in the lower chest. He was immediately hospitalized and was in good condition Monday evening.

Authorities locked down the neighborhood to the north of the bank. The FBI, CHP and Riverside County Sheriff's deputies joined Corona police in the intense search for the three suspects.

"The security guard was then transported to a nearby hospital for his wounds, and at this moment we're actively working the scene with the California Highway Patrol, the FBI and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department," said Corona Police Sgt. Frank Barron.

Authorities had no description of the suspects other than that they were wearing ski masks and believed to be males.

The suspects did not get away with any money.

Witnesses said suspects jumped out of a white church van belonging to Park Avenue Missionary Baptist Church in Riverside.

Personnel at the church said they had no idea the van was missing but they were talking to police.

And that neighborhood is still on lock down as authorities continue their search for these three suspects. If you have any information on where they might be, call detectives at (951) 817 5837.

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