Updated at: 08/07/2014 9:52 PM
(AP) FRESNO, Calif. - FRESNO, Calif. (AP) â€” Authorities say the robbery of a marijuana grow in Central California triggered a gunbattle in which two people were killed and a 15-year-old girl was used as a human shield by fleeing robbers.
Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Sims said two other gunmen were arrested and three remained at large following Thursday's pre-dawn violence.
She said deputies heard the sound of gunfire as they responded to calls of a robbery at a house south of Fresno. They saw two cars speeding away and were only able to stop one when it pulled up to a hospital with a wounded man in a ski mask.
Suspects in the other car took the girl hostage and dropped her off near downtown Fresno.
Another robber found near the house later died of gunshot wounds.
(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)