DECATUR — Police said a 79-year-old man told them he's the victim of an attempted robbery at an automatic teller machine near downtown Decatur early Wednesday and that a gunshot was fired during the incident. 

Decatur police Sgt. Chris Copeland said the man was using the ATM at PNC Bank, 510 N. Main St. at East Eldorado Street, and was approached at 12:15 a.m.

A man described as being 6 feet, 2 inches tall; 28 or 29 years old; and wearing a thin brown coat with the hood covering his face demanded that all of the money be taken out of the account, Copeland said. 

Copeland said the victim's wife, who had dropped him off and was in the car nearby, inched forward and the man told her, "Don't move the car."

The 79-year-old then ran away southwest from the bank, Copeland said, and the suspect fired one shot. 

No casings were recovered and no damage from a bullet could be found at the scene, he said. 

Police are reviewing surveillance footage. 

Copeland said the victim told police the man pushed buttons on the ATM then ran northbound when nothing came out. 

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