3 dead in California bank robbery, gunbattle

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Robbers fleeing a Stockton, California, bank took three women hostage and threw two of them from their getaway vehicle, as they fired repeatedly at police during a high-speed chase.

Police shot out their tires but the shooting continued, fatally wounding two suspects and the last hostage.

Stockton police officer Joe Silva said the violence erupted Wednesday afternoon when officers responded to a report of a robbery at a Bank of the West branch.

The suspects with their hostages in tow fled in an SUV stolen from a bank worker and led officers on 45 minute chase.

During the pursuit, police said two of the hostages, both bank employees, were thrown from the SUV. One was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound; the other suffered a grazing bullet wound.