One typical Friday morning in February 1997, two masked men dressed in body armor and carrying automatic rifles burst into the Bank of America in North Hollywood, California and started shooting.
They forced customers to the ground, stuffed hundreds of thousands of dollars into a duffel bag and exited out the back…where they were surrounded by police.
For the next 44 minutes, the armed robbers and police engaged in a deadly gunfight. News choppers overhead aired the North Hollywood shootout live on television. Down on the ground, both inside the bank and out, a neighborhood of strangers converged to stop the carnage and save lives. Many are telling their stories for the first time.