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Armored-car driver killed at ATM in north Houston

HOUSTON – Houston police are investigating after an armored-car driver was shot dead while working on an ATM outside a Chase Bank in northeast Houston on Airline near Tidwell.

Melvin Moore, 32, was working on the ATM when police say robbers drove up in a black sedan. Officers said a passenger exited the back seat of the car and started shooting at Moore. 

Houston police spokesperson Jodi Silva said, “There was an exchange of gunfire. [Moore] was struck. More than one time. He was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

Investigators said the shooter got back into his car, and then the suspects fled westbound toward North Freeway.

Maria Saavedra said she was driving by the bank when she saw the man fighting for his life in the bank parking lot. She said she did what she could. "She says she was coming around here when she got behind that basket and the two Chase employees came out and she did first aid blowing air into the gentleman that was collapsed on the floor with gunshots to the abdominal," Saavedra said with the help of a translator.

Houston police roped off the parking lot with crime scene tape while the ATM remained open as it was at the time of the shooting. Yellow evidence markers were scattered around the parking lot. 

When a worker at an insurance office across the street heard the shots, he locked the doors and watched police rush to the scene. Jonathan Limon said, "I'm hoping they catch the guy that did it honestly. Cause hearing stories that have been going around, especially businesses, you never know what's going to happen to you."