Police in Stockton say they've never seen anything like Wednesday's bank robbery, high speed chase and shootout that left three people dead.
"This was very bold, brazen," Stockton PD Officer Joe Silva said.
The chase began after three suspects robbed a Bank of the West in north Stockton at Hammer Lane and Thornton Road.
The suspects led officers on a pursuit with a vehicle stolen from a bank employee through the Lodi and Stockton areas and at times entered Highway 99 and Interstate 5. The chase lasted about an hour.
During the chase, shots were fired at officers, according to Stockton police officer Joe Silva.
Patrol vehicles were stuck by gunfire, but there are no reports of injuries to any officers. The weapon used is being described as an AK-47 style gun.
Three hostages were taken, and one hostage was shot and released from the vehicle during the pursuit. They were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
A second hostage was also dropped near the end of the pursuit and was released.
A third hostage was hit by gunfire and was killed at the scene. It is not clear who fired the shot that killed the woman, who is being identified as 41-year-old Misty Holt-Singh.
Two suspects in the chase were killed. Stockton police say the surviving suspect is 19-year-old Jaime Ramos.
He's been booked into the San Joaquin County jail on homicide, kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder charges.
The dead suspects, aged 27 and 30, have not yet been identified.
Family and friends of the Stockton woman killed during yesterday's chaotic scene are grieving the loss.
According to family, Holt-Singh worked as a dental hygienist.
Family, friends, and even strangers are posting their condolences on Singh's Facebook page.
Singh had gone to the bank to withdraw money with her two children waiting inside the car, not knowing that would be the last time they would see each other.
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