3 dead after California bank robbery, gunbattle

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - Two robbers and a hostage are dead following a bank robbery in Stockton, California.

Police say three men robbed a Bank of the West branch Wednesday afternoon, taking off with three women hostages.

During a 45-minute chase, two of the hostages - bank employees with gunshot wounds, were tossed out of the vehicle.

When the SUV broke down, a gunfight ensued. Dead are the third hostage, who was a bank customer, and two of the robbers.