Family of man gunned down near ATM wants answers

By Christy Hutchings - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The family of a man gunned down at an ATM wants answers. It has been two days, and police still don't know who killed a Savannah man outside a Bank of America ATM Saturday.

On Monday, flowers and a balloon were placed beside the ATM where police found Anthony Minor.

"Very shocking," said Minor's niece, Roberta Minor.

For Roberta Minor, this crime makes no sense. "If you want money, just go get a job. Don't take somebody's life because you don't want to get a job," said Minor.

It's unclear exactly what happened Saturday night at the Bank of America on Waters Avenue. A woman was leaving the BP gas station and saw a man lying on the ground. His car was still running. She went over to check on him and that's when she noticed he was bleeding and called 911. Minor was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

Nearby business owners say this not the first time criminals have targeted this area.

In 2008, there were two armed robberies at this location. In both instances someone came into the bank, jumped over the tellers counter, grabbed the money, and ran. There are also police reports of people leaving the bank and having their money stolen from them in the parking lot.

Until now, no one has ever been killed. Police are looking for two men who they say could be potential witnesses. Minor just hopes police figure something out soon. "We love him. We are here for him and we're going to get to the bottom of this, find out who did this to him," said Minor.

But finding out who did this may be tough, since so far no one has come forward saying they saw anything that night.

While police are still looking for the person responsible for Saturday night's shooting, they do have some important tips to share when it comes to protecting yourself when you are using ATM's.

Police say never use standalone ATMs. Make sure the ATM you are using is in a well lit area, and do not linger in the parking lot after making your transaction. But the best advice police can give is to start taking advantage of cash back options, and avoid the ATMs all together.

Star Cpl. Tracy Walden with Savannah Chatham police said, "Several times a day we're asked when we make our purchases whether we would like cash back. And what happens is we say no, we don't want cash back. Then you get home at the end of the night and you go, 'oh I got to go to the store, I need cash so you got to the ATM.'"

Police also say if you're using a drive-up ATM, make sure your doors are locked.

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