Bingo Bandits Strike Central Texas Bingo Hall


WACO (November 3, 2010)—Area police agencies were searching Wednesday for two men who burst into the El Rancho Bingo Hall in Waco Tuesday night and fired shots before escaping with an undetermined amount of money.

The two men, described as black, 6-feet to 6-feet, 2-inches tall, wearing dark clothing, ski masks and gloves, entered the business just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, displaying a small handgun and demanded cash.

A statement sent from Waco police Wednesday morning says the men fired one or two shots into the ceiling, grabbed a bag and a briefcase containing money and fled in what some witnesses said was a dark blue Nissan Quest minivan.

No one was shot in the incident but one woman was injured in the scramble for cover and another woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of shock.

There were about 130 patrons inside the building at the time of the robbery.

When officers first arrived at the scene, police dispatchers still were receiving calls about an active shooting and officers believed shots still were being fired.

Initial units secured the scene and learned the gunmen already had fled.

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