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2 gang members, 1 hostage die in Stockton bank holdup, shootout
2 gang members, 1 hostage die in Stockton bank holdup, shootout

Even in a city long plagued by violent crime, the bank robbery Wednesday left veteran police officers stunned. The robbers led police on a wild hourlong chase, holding hostages from the bank as human shields. Periodically, police say, the robbers would slow down, waiting for pursuing officers to come into view before opening fire with an AK-47-style assault rifle and other weapons. The pursuit ended in a minute-long gun battle that left two suspects and one hostage dead. Police said a third suspect survived uninjured because he used the hostage, Misty Holt-Singh, to shield himself from officers' bullets. Singh had gone into the Bank of the West branch in Stockton just as the...

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