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Man Goes to ATM, Gets Shot at, has Car Stolen

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A family of four were irate and shaken last night after one of them had his car stolen after being shot at a Washington Mutual bank branch, on the corner of Sherman Way and Vassar Avenue in Canoga Park. Kami, a resident of the area, said he was approached at the bank's street-front ATM by a man holding a gun demanding money. When Kami explained that he was only checking his account to confirm that he was out of money, the man shot twice, and ran to Kami's car. The thief then broke the window and drove off. Kami was not injured.

Since the car was an older Mercedes Turbo-Diesel, Kami had taken the keys out, but left the car running with the doors locked. Kami's adult son who arrived on the scene minutes later explained that the thief appeared to be drunk and confused not to find keys in the car, even though the car was running. Both of them were thankful that Kami wasn't hit by either bullet as he ducked out of the way.

The officer on scene reported that the car had been recovered only a few blocks away on Burbank Boulevard. The police also recovered two shell casings which will be checked for prints, and they will check the ATM video tomorrow.

This post is by Seth Dowling of