The Wachovia Bank at the intersection of Broad Street and Watchung Ave. in Bloomfield was robbed today at about 2:45 p.m. by a man with a gun. Customers and workers who were inside the bank when it happened were released around 3:20 p.m. after giving statements to the police. Sirens can be heard throughout the area as police search for the suspect, who fled. Montclair and Bloomfield police cars were seen inside Brookdale Park; early reports suggested the gunman had fled in that direction. Bloomfield police are all over the scene, assisted by Essex County sheriffs. One man told us that he was in the drive-through line, saw the robbery inside and drove to the bank across the street and told tellers there to call 911.
At about 3:30, the park was closed to vehicular traffic, but pedestrians and cyclists were able to get in.