Teen Used as Human Shield in Robbery of Central California Marijuana Grow House That Left 2 Dead

Authorities say the suspects took the girl hostage and dropped her off near downtown Fresno

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    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.