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Tellers condition stable after robbery shooting
CHARLOTTE, N.C.(4/3/08)--A State Employees’ CU (SECU) teller who was shot at a Charlotte, N.C., branch during a robbery Tuesday is in stable condition. “She is doing much better today,” James Blaine, SECU CEO told News Now. The teller was shot in the abdomen and will likely remain in the hospital for about a week, he said. The teller is a 20-year-old single mother of three. SECU plans to do everything it can to help her, including paying her rent and caring for her children while she is recovering. “We’re sure going to look after our employees,” Blaine said. The teller was shot while standing next to a credit union employee who was giving the robbers the money they demanded. While the transaction was being processed, one of the robbers decided to shoot. “It was very uncalled for,” Blaine said. “It was a pure case of meanness.” SECU staff members are instructed to comply with robbers. “We handled it properly,” he said. “We have plenty of security.” However, the credit union can’t plan for “uncivilized” people, who randomly hurt others, he noted. Blaine said he was outraged that someone would randomly shoot another without reason. Usually, robbers enter the credit union, request money from an employee and leave, Blaine said. The credit union experiences about 10 robberies per year. Blaine said he expects the number to increase. “It’s a sure sign of a recession,” he said. Tuesday’s shooting was the first time someone had been injured during a robbery at a SECU branch, Blaine said. SECU is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. with $15 billion in assets.
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