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Man shot during Wells Fargo bank robbery: 'If good men do nothing, evil succeeds'

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The man who robbed a Spokane bank and shot a man during his getaway is still at large. KHQ's Dan Kleckner spoke with the man who was shot Monday afternoon. His name is Luke McDonald. And you might want to call him a hero, but he says he's not; he's just a guy who reacted.

Dan asked him to take us back to Thursday, April 29, when McDonald first saw the bank robber. McDonald says he was at the Wells Fargo Bank to cash a check. He says while he was waiting in line, another customer was laughing and joking with a teller. That customer left, and then McDonald heard someone say "everybody get down on the ground!" McDonald says at that point he still thought the customer was making a joke, albeit in poor taste, but then turned and saw a man in a ski mask, and realized "oh, that's not the guy. This isn't a joke."

McDonald says, "I was sizing him up. He told us all to get down on our knees and I just thought, 'how dare he? How dare he take away our power like that.' There was a mom and her one-year-old little girl, and I was just angry."

McDonald, who served in the military, also says he didn't see a gun or any other kind of weapon on the robber. He says the robber looked prepared. He ran up to the teller and demanded all the cash and had a backpack already open on his chest. McDonald says when the teller began handing him cash, he started stuffing it into the backpack.

At a certain point, McDonald says he tried to reach for his cellphone to dial 911. He says, "the guy, the robber, he looked at me and said 'don't do it big guy.' And then he started to leave. And if I would have thought about it, maybe there would have been a different outcome. But I didn't think. I got up and slammed into him. I slammed his head into the wall and put his arm around him. He was thick, probably 270 pounds, so it was hard to get my arm around him. As he spun his mask came off and I saw him take something out of his pocket and he was like, 'Why?' and then he pointed the gun up into my arm and shot. Then he spun around and he shot me in my leg and I was like 'Okay, okay,' and he ran off."

McDonald says after the shooting he was initially worried about blood loss, but the medics were on scene within two minutes. Through it all, his wife was sitting in the couple's car. McDonald left her in the car when he quickly ran in to deposit the check. He says he kept up pretty good spirits throughout the first hour or so of the hospital trip. But then his wife came in on the phone, updating their kids on what happened and McDonald "lost it. I just thought what if something did happen? What if I died. What would happen to them? This doesn't just affect me, or Dianne {his wife}, it affects them, and I lost it."

So would he do it again? McDonald says he would, and that's his advice to everyone who hears about his story. "Stand up for yourself," he says. "If good men do nothing, then evil succeeds."

McDonald also has a message for the bank robber: "To the gentleman who robbed a bank and ended up shooting me. Life is tough, finances are bad, but there's other ways to go about it. You could have shot and killed me. You could have walked away. I could have not tried to attack you. We all hope bad guys get justice and I hope you get put behind bars for your actions. But you need to seek help buddy. You got issues. And I'm okay with that. I'm not going to let that affect me the rest of my life. I just hope you can live with yourself and your actions."

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