Aurora bank robbers fire shots inside US bank branch on Colfax Ave., schools placed on lockdown

Robbers entered from back of US Bank on E. Colfax

AURORA, Colo. - Two armed robbers rushed inside a US Bank branch in Aurora Monday morning, firing several shots before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robbers entered the back of the bank, at East Colfax Avenue and Galena Street, around 9:06 a.m., Aurora police said.

There were several customers and employees inside the bank but they were not hurt when the gunmen fired shots as they moved through the bank, grabbing cash, police said.

Police do not believe the shots were fired directly at anyone but rather as a means of intimidation. 

The robbers are described as black men in their late teens or early 20s with hoodies over their heads and their faces covered. Once they ran out of the back entrance, it's not clear if they fled on foot or by car.

Several Aurora schools were placed on lockdown while police canvassed the area, looking for the gunmen.

Police released two surveillance pictures showing the robbers' backs. One suspect,  in a gray hoodie with a distinctive design, can be seen pointing a large gun in one picture.

Anyone who can identify the men is asked to call Detective Mike Thrapp at (303)472-0350 or the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at (303)629-7171.  You can also provide information on this case and remain anonymous by calling CRIME STOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867).  You may be eligible to earn a reward of up to $2,000.