1 armored truck guard killed, other critical after being shot while loading ATM on South Side

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CHICAGO — One armored truck guard died and another is in critical condition after they were shot Monday morning while loading an ATM on the South Side.

Police said the truck was in the 200 block of West 83rd Street around 10:30 a.m. in the Chatham neighborhood. The guards were loading an ATM machine when two to four armed men approached the guards and demanded money.

One of the guards, a 47-year-old woman was shot six times, according to police. She was taken to the hospital in “traumatic arrest,” according to fire officials. She died at the hospital.

The second guard, a 46-year-old man was shot twice in the stomach area, police said. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to fire officials.

Police said the armed men were wearing masks and fled the scene.

A current GardaWorld employee spoke to WGN News following the shooting on the condition of anonymity. He said doing the job is a huge risk with little reward and knows the feeling well of feeling like a sitting duck.

“In Chicago, they start off paying $16 an hour you can go work at amazon or FedEx for $20 an hour,” he said. “Essentially, all you need to join the industry is your FOID card.”

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No one is in custody and the FBI are investigating. Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip at fbi.gov/tips.

The company the armed guards were working for, GardaWorld, released the following statement.

“We can confirm that this morning a GardaWorld crew was the target of a foiled robbery attempt while servicing a client location in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood. Two of our employees were critically injured and taken to hospital. At this time, we are focusing on supporting them and their immediate families. We are working closely with the authorities in their investigation to find the perpetrators. We are not in a position to provide more information at this time.”

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