Multiple gunshots and at least three concussion grenades were fired at a Jack in the Box restaurant on Folsom Boulevard where a gunman has been barricaded with at least one hostage.
A woman, apparently an employee of the restaurant, rushed from the store at about 3:43 p.m. after the gunfire, where she was met by several Sacramento Police officers, who rushed her to safety behind the building.
Medical personnel and police officers are at the scene did not immediately enter the building, but police said that the suspect had been shot.
The gunman had been inside the Jack in the Box since about 12:30, when Sacramento police responded to the scene after receiving reports of an armed robbery in progress.
Police said that the gunman was barricaded inside with two female hostages. At about 2:45, one of the women was released and escorted away by officers. Police have not yet identified the woman.
After arriving on the scene, police cordoned off much of the College Greens Shopping Center, which is anchored by a Raley's store, and blocked off Folsom Boulevard from Florin Perkins Road to Howe Avenue.
Sacramento police spokesman Officer Doug Morse said the apparent hostage situation began when "Sacramento police responded to a robbery with an armed suspect," at 12:32 p.m. Morse said the suspect was attempting to rob the Jack in the Box.
Police originally said that they thought there was one employee inside with the gunman, but later said there were two female hostages.
Dozens of officers are on the scene, including a SWAT team and hostage negotiators.
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PHOTO CAPTION: Police action where a suspect is inside Jack in the Box with hostages on the 8300 block of Folsom Ave near Howe St. Autumn Payne/Sacramento Bee