First Degree Murder if you can lay it on this....this.... individual
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A pregnant bank teller who lost the twins she was carrying after being shot during a holdup choked back tears Saturday as she recalled lying on the bank's floor, bleeding and pleading for help, as the gunman demanded money from her co-workers.
Katherin Shuffield, 30, said the masked gunman jumped over her teller station and shot her once in the abdomen April 22 just after the Huntington Bank branch had opened for the day.
As she lay bleeding on the floor, she said the gunman, who remains at large, refused to let her co-workers call 911 to get her medical assistance.
"I said, 'Please help me! He shot me, he shot me! My babies!' He didn't let anybody do anything because he was more worried about taking the money," Shuffield said during a news conference at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Two days after the shooting, Shuffield, who was five months pregnant, lost her twin girls. She remains hospitalized with an infection created by the bullet that passed through her abdomen.
Her husband, Jason, pushed her in a wheelchair Saturday to a media room where she spent 20 minutes recounting her ordeal and the heartbreak of losing their twins after a pregnancy that had recently become easier after a difficult first three months.
Katherin Shuffield said that she started working at the bank branch in March 2007 and that since then it had been robbed three times, including the April 22 holdup.
Both she and her husband strongly criticized the level of security at the branch, saying it was insufficient to protect the staff from the threat of violence during a robbery.
"You never get the security you deserve," she said.
Messages seeking comment were left Saturday at Columbus, Ohio-based Huntington Bancshares.
Shuffield said she didn't realize she had been shot during the holdup until she felt blood on her leg as she lay on the floor.
Life seemed to be moving in "slow motion," she said, but she was aware enough of her dire situation to ask a co-worker to hand her cell phone to her. She used it to call her husband at his job at Lockheed Martin Corp. to tell him she had been shot.
Jason Shuffield said he and his wife of more than five years are still coming to grips with the shooting.
"We're just trying to hang in there and take everything day by day," he said quietly.
Katherin Shuffield, who had been five months pregnant, said that a nurse showed she and Jason photos of their twins, and that each fetus could have fit in the palm of her hand.
"When I see the pictures with my husband we always try to be strong and don't cry. But it's hard to see that they were so little," she said, her voice cracking.
Indiana law allows prosecutors to charge people with murder in cases where a fetus dies, but only if the mother is at least seven months pregnant.
Because Shuffield was five months pregnant, officials can pursue charges only of feticide, which carries a lesser sentence of two to eight years in prison. The maximum prison time for murder is 65 years under state law.
The couple said they are confident police will eventually catch the gunman. Sgt. Matthew Mount of the Indianapolis police said Saturday that several detectives are continuing to investigate.
"They're following leads and they'll keep on working until we find this guy," he said.
First Degree Murder if you can lay it on this....this.... individual
You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
Ego will kill you. Leave it at home.
I thought that they caught the guys responsible for this tragedy?
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Well, one of their mothers got close with the name of Shead....just forgot the *hit* after the S.INDIANAPOLIS — Police were still searching Thursday for a gunman who shot a pregnant bank teller during a robbery, but they arrested four men in connection with the crime.
The four face preliminary charges of conspiracy to commit robbery after police questioned as many as eight people described as "persons of interest." Authorities said none of the four were believed to be the gunman.
At least three of the four people were taken into custody after a SWAT raid at a duplex on the city's east side Wednesday.
Tuesday morning, a masked gunman entered a Huntington Bank branch, jumped over the counter, shot teller Katherin Shuffield and grabbed cash from her drawer, police said.
The 30-year-old Shuffield is five months pregnant with twins. The bullet entered her abdomen but missed both fetuses. Her husband, Jason Shuffield, said Wednesday she remained in critical but stable condition at Methodist Hospital.
"She is resting and recovering slowly," he said in a statement. "She is still carrying our twin babies and the staff at Methodist Hospital is monitoring the situation closely as this remains a high-risk pregnancy."
Police identified those arrested as Shead James, 25; Joseph Wilburn, 22; Stevan Peterson, 21; and Tyrone Daniels, 33. James was being held in Marion County Jail, while the whereabouts of the others were unclear.
A fifth man, Eric Sims, whose house was searched by police, was arrested on a charge of child neglect. Sgt. Paul Thompson said police were unsure of his involvement. He was not at the jail late Wednesday night.
Katherin Shuffield has relatives in Peru, and the family is working with the U.S. Embassy there to arrange for her mother and siblings to obtain visas to come and visit, the family said.
Suspects in bank robbery shooting released
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Indianapolis - Metro Police have released most of the men taken into custody in connection with the shooting of a pregnant bank teller. The development comes as the teller, who was pregnant with twins, lost her babies.
The case police were building against four men they arrested and suspected of holding up a Huntington Bank on the east side fell apart. Their accuser, Shed James, claimed he helped plan the robbery but backed out at the last minute. On Friday prosecutors said James made it all up.
"Yes, he flat out lied," said Chief Trial Prosecutor David Wyser. "In fact, Mr. James is being charged with false reporting and providing incorrect, inaccurate Information."
James is still in jail, but the four men arrested during a raid Wednesday night are free. Initially three were accused of conspiracy and the other faced a potential child neglect charge.
James told police an elaborate story not only of who participated in the robbery, but also how they planned it and where they met after it was all over.
It was a brutal robbery. A gunman vaulted the counter, shot a pregnant teller in the abdomen and then ran to a waiting getaway car. Police downplay the setback as discouraging, frustrating and not unusual for complicated case.
"Until we find out the individual responsible we are not going to stop, but we look at it as a bump in the road," said Lt. Jeff Duhammel.
It is a costly setback. The two days detectives spent tracking false leads, arresting the wrong men and checking their stories are two days they weren't looking for the real robbers.
Joseph Wilburn, Stevan Peterson and Tyrone Daniels will not face any charges in the case. Eric Sims, who was facing a potential charge of child neglect, will also not face charges.
Police are processing the suspected getaway car, a gold Dodge Intrepid.
"Some people say we thought we had them. We still have them. If they are not the ones involved we were still able to get some information - guns, narcotics and the welfare of the child," said Lt. Duhammel.
Investigators say they still need tips on the bank robbery shooting. They are looking for the shooter and a bright blue Honda Pilot. Call crime stoppers at 262-TIPS with information related to this case.Thursday investigation
Meantime, Indianapolis Metro Police are hopeful a car recovered near 56th and Post Road Thursday morning will lead them to the gunman in this case.
Detectives spent hours Thursday scouring the suspected getaway car for evidence linking it to the bank robbery and clues to the gunman. They found it abandoned Thursday about three and a half miles from the crime. Investigators retrieved bags of evidence from the suspected getaway car, but no guns.
The aggressive search continues with police stopping SUVs matching the description of a second vehicle used in the hold up.
IMPD spokesperson Sgt. Paul Thompson says this a matter of some urgency. "For a take-over robbery, a person shot and carrying that kind of firepower, they represent a great danger to the community. We want to get them ASAP." said Thompson."
New details of Tuesday's bank robbery indicate the gunman intentionally aimed for the pregnant teller's abdomen.
First-degree murder, double homicide, aggravated assault, armed bank robbery. Baby killer. Death penalty, + forfeiture of any and all assets (to cover the $damages he caused). That won't cover it, but that'll have to do.
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The whole "when does life start" argument that you hear too often with abortion should not enter here. In this case, the parents wanted to keep their babies. In any instance where a woman is pregnant and not aborting, it's my opinion that the courts should treat the fetus as a human life.
This guy should be gut-shot and left to die.
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3 robberies in a year??? If this were my wife, she would have a new job title, Bank President, and I would be the majority stockholder. Can you spell LIABILITY???
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