Police are searching for an armed suspect who targeted an armored truck worker in Keizer Tuesday.
Police were called to the scene on the 5000 block of River Road at 12:30 p.m.
Investigators said a Brinks truck had stopped to service an ATM at a vacant storefront that was previously a grocery store.
When the worker went inside, he was confronted by a man with a gun. Police said the worker went into a room that he was able to lock.
Officers safely removed the worker from the building, but the suspect was not located. Police said the victim was not taken hostage and was not hurt.
SWAT was activated, but police said the suspect did not barricade himself in the building.
Police are not saying if the gunman got away with any money.
The suspect remained on the loose Tuesday evening. He is described as a white or Hispanic man, 5'11" with a medium build. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt that was zipped all the way up, with the hood pulled tightly over his face, only allowing his eyes and a small portion of his face to be exposed.
People in the Schoolhouse Square business complex were told to shelter in place while police were at the scene.
"It's pretty intimidating to see snipers actually aiming and knowing that there could be some gunfire going down," said Erik Gabarda, who was nearby at the time. "It's pretty scary."
McNary High School, which is on Chemawa Road, went into lockdown mode during the ordeal.
"Students who ride the bus or drive will be allowed to leave at the normal time. If your child walks to school, we strongly encourage you to come pick them up, just to be safe," said a message posted to the school website. "We will keep our students who walk here at school until 3 p.m. and then provide them with the option of leaving on their own."
Anyone with information about this incident or a potential suspect is asked to contact Detective Chris Nelson at 503-390-3713, ext. 3489.
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