SHERIDAN, Colo. (CBS4) – A search is continuing Thursday for two or three men who were involved in a crime spree in Lakewood and in Sheridan.
The spree started on Wednesday with a bank robbery at the 1stBank at 1940 South Kipling Parkway. At least one of the robbers was wearing a mask similar to the ones seen in the movie “Scream.”
Police say the men locked everyone up in the vault. After leaving the bank, they eventually ended up in an SUV that got stuck in mud near a ditch as they tried to cross a field.
Investigators say they shot a man at least two times not far from Wadsworth Boulevard and Highway 285 when they carjacked a minivan.
“It was out in front of his residence, I believe,” said Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis on Wednesday.
Davis said the suspects ditched the van outside the Sheridan High School bus area.
The men then got into a confrontation with two people outside the Sheridan Rec Center at 3325 West Oxford Avenue and one of those people — a woman — was shot.
“It was a total random shooting,” Davis said. “(The victim) was nobody that was involved in any of this.”
The suspects then split up on foot near the intersection of Oxford and Federal Boulevard.
Both shooting victims are expected to be okay.
PHOTO GALLERY: Search For Crime Spree Suspects On Wednesday
Schools in the area were on lockdown while heavily armed police officers and police dogs searched for the men, and it took until late Wednesday evening for some students and parents to be reunited with one another.
Neighbors in the area of the search told CBS4 they were frightened by all of the police activity.
“I’m locked in,” Jill Lee told CBS4. “I’m home alone, locked in and won’t let the cat out.”
Schools in Sheridan are closed Thursday and won’t reopen until Friday. Mental health professionals will be made available Friday to students and staff who need assistance.
The FBI says Wednesday’s robbery at the bank was similar to another violent bank robbery in Lakewood on Sept. 30. In that case, the crooks also wore Scream masks.
Two of the suspects in Wednesday’s incidents were described as being black males in their 20s. One had a blue hoodie on was wearing checkered pants.
Sheridan police released the following information about this case:
A tip line has been set up for the shooting in Sheridan. If you have any information pertaining to the incident call 303-734-8268.