A mother lost her life because she walked into a bank. Married mom of three Misty Holt-Singh, 41, was in the Bank of the West in Stockton, California, while her 12-year-old daughter waited in the car outside. Three armed bank robbers burst in and ended up taking three female hostages out of the bank. Misty had to leave her daughter behind as the robbers forced her at gunpoint into a stolen SUV. After a high speed chase involving police, Misty, as well as two of the suspects, are dead.
After taking the hostages and fleeing, dozens of police cars began hot pursuit. If the robbers thought that three female hostages would save them from being shot at by police, they were wrong. The SUV was riddled with bullet holes. Two of the suspects also reportedly died in a hail of bullets. The third suspect, 19-year-old Jaime Ramos, is in custody.
At some point, Misty was shot. While early reports say the robbers shot her, later reports say that the robbers used her as a "human shield."
The other two hostages, both of whom worked at the bank, were reportedly either thrown or jumped from the vehicle. They have survived, but one suffered a "grazing" bullet wound.
Despite Misty being killed in the shootout, Police Chief Eric Jones says that the cops responded "appropriately" to the situation.
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While I'm sure the gunmen were dangerous and could have taken more hostages or shot civilians, money is not a reason to have a loss of innocent life. It remains to be seen if there will be any further investigation into the death of Misty, and how exactly it happened. But it is clear some members of Misty's family are not happy -- her aunt and cousin have already blasted the Stockton Police Department on their Facebook page.
Misty had apparently only run into the bank "for a minute." That minute took her life in a violently horrific manner. It's devastating how quickly life can turn.
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