1. SOUNDBITE (English): Chief Eric Jones, Stockton Police Department
"Preliminary indications are that the surviving gunmen used the final hostage as a shield. At the conclusion of the event two suspects were killed, one survived. The civilian in the vehicle also was unfortunately killed. We do not yet know exactly when she was killed or stuck by gunfire nor do we know by whom. The investigation will reveal that overtime."
2. SOUNDBITE (English): Chief Eric Jones, Stockton Police Department
"One is a deceased suspect, he is a Hispanic male age 30 from Stockton, a documented Norteno gang member with prior arrests for narcotics and firearms violations. He was the driver of the vehicle leading officers on this pursuit. The second deceased suspect was a Hispanic male age 27 also of Stockton, and also a documented Norteno gang member with prior arrests for narcotics and domestic violence. He was a passenger in the rear compartment of the vehicle leading officers on pursuit. He was the one primarily firing with the assault rifle. The third and surviving suspect is Jaime Ramos a Hispanic male age 19 of Stockton. He has been an associate of known gang members the Norteno street gang. He was a rear seat passenger of the vehicle leading officers on the pursuit. The investigation has now revealed he was uninjured in the gunfire exchange with officers at the culmination of the pursuit."
3. SOUNDBITE (English): Chief Eric Jones, Stockton Police Department
"Clearly it was a bank robbery that was completed, hostage taking was completed and I believe that there definitely was a goal of killing other people including our police officers based on the havoc that they were doing that day. And if you just look at some of the photos of the rounds that our patrol cars hit they were attempting to kill police officers."
A gang of bank robbers who took three women hostage during their getaway attempt and waged a deadly, high-speed gunbattle with police were heavily armed, had ammunition magazines taped or strapped to their bodies and intended to kill, police said Thursday.
Two of the robbers were killed Wednesday afternoon along with a hostage who police said was used by the only surviving suspect, 19-year-old Jaime Ramos, as a shield.
During the hour-long chase through the streets, two of the hostages jumped or were thrown from the stolen SUV, one of them while the vehicle may have been going more than 50 mph. At least one suffered a gunshot wound. Both were expected to survive.
The drama began when the men held up a Bank of the West branch in Stockton, a city about 80 miles east of San Francisco, and took two bank employees and a customer hostage. It ended in a hail of gunfire after police shot out the tires of the getaway vehicle.
The sole surviving suspect was identified as Jaime Ramos, 19, of Stockton. Police said the other robbers, ages 27 and 30, were gang members, also from Stockton.