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Gunfire Wounds Two Robbery Suspects at Harvard Square

March 1, 1995 GMT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ Two suspects were wounded today in a robbery attempt at a Harvard Square bank.

Police and witnesses said the gunfire followed a confrontation between a Brink’s armored car guard and three robbers shortly before 1 p.m.

The two suspects were in serious condition at Beth Israel Hospital, said police Detective Frank Pasquarello. A hospital spokeswoman said one had been shot in the head and the other in the back.

Sidney Weinberg of Brookline, who was making a withdrawal at the bank’s automatic teller machine, said he saw the guard approach the vestibule of the Bank of Boston pushing a cart stacked with money bags.

When he got to the door, the guard was pushed to the ground by a man who apparently held a gun to his head, Weinberg said. The suspect grabbed at least one money bag and ran.

The guard then got up, chased the man about 60 feet, and shots were exchanged.

Chris Mackin, who works at Ownership Associates above the bank, said he saw the guard fire at the suspects and duck their return fire.

The two suspects who were hit fell to the ground near the getaway car. A third suspect fled on foot. He was not immediately caught.

Police could not immediately say who wounded the suspects. Police found two guns on the ground and recovered a money bag from the car, Pasquarello said.