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It was a scary afternoon at First National Bank on Texas avenue in Bryan. Just before 1 p.m. Monday, an armed man entered the lobby and ordered everyone inside to get out of the building if they wanted to live.
The gunman then began waving a gun and firing shots.
"He told everyone to just get out of the bank. He never said it was a robbery. He just said get out of the bank, this is not a joke. Get out of the bank now," said witness Jolene Regan, " I grabbed everything and ran."
Another witness says she feared for her life.
"I didn't know if he was just shooting people because the shots kept coming. I didn't know if he would discover I was in the room or not," said Diane Bewsher. "After I called 9-11 I called my husband to tell him what was happening and say goodbye, in case I didn't get out of the situation."
Shots fired inside of the building shattered several windows on the front side of the bank.
Although many initially thought the gunman was motivated by cash, it later became apparent that it wasn't about money at all.
"We initially assumed it was a bank robbery, but that turns out not to be the case," said Peter Scheets, Bryan Assistant Chief of Police. "It stems from a domestic situation, the individual went into the bank to look for a former acquaintance of his, found out she wasn't present and ended up taking his life."
Police later went room by room to get everyone that was still inside the building out.
All employees and patrons made it out unharmed.
Officials with the bank say they'll do their part to help their employees through the ordeal.
"We have some counselors coming in the day after tomorrow, to help those employees who feel they need it," said Tim Bryan of First National Bank.
Bank officials say they hope to get back to business as usual Tuesday.
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