Police: Gun shot fired during Va. Beach robbery; 2 in custody

Marquis Larosa Buckley, left, and Austin Lee Howard, right, were arrested for an Oct. 16, 2017, robbery at a PNC Bank in Virginia Beach. Police said a gunshot was fired during the robbery, causing minor damage to the building. (Photos: Virginia Beach Police Department).

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A suspect in a Friday evening bank robbery shot a firearm at the ceiling of the building, causing minor damage, according to police.

Police say two suspects are in custody from the Friday incident at a PNC Bank on Princess Anne Road.

Curtis Akers (WAVY)

It was reported just before 6 p.m. that a man entered the bank, displayed a handgun and was carrying a suspicious device. The suspect demanded money and fired a shot into the ceiling.

As he was leaving, he dropped a device on the floor. The Bomb Squad responded and found the object was not a threat. No injuries were reported.

Police say responding officers found the suspect vehicle and were able to stop it near Road Hill Drive and Elbow Road. Two people were taken into custody.

Marquis Larosa Buckley, 40, has was charged with three counts of robbery. The second suspect, 34-year-old Austin Lee Howard, was charged with two counts each of robbery and use of a firearm, in addition to conspiracy to commit a felony.

Elbow Road was been closed between Road Hill Drive and Indian River Road but reopened around 8:50 p.m.

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