Women killed, gunmen in custody after standoff at LA Trader Joe's

23 July, 2018, 19:43 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Live Shoppers flee as gunman barricades himself inside Los Angeles supermarket after car chase

Police found the auto in Hollywood using transmissions from its anti-theft device, and a chase ensued. Gunshots were fired during the chase.

Trader Joe's said the store - known by customers as a neighbourhood hangout with great customer service - would remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Atkins' grandmother initially was taken to a hospital in critical condition and police said she had been shot seven times but Egland, who visited Madison at the hospital on Sunday, said she had only been shot three times, had undergone surgery and her condition was improving.

Los Angeles police handcuffed a man outside a Trader Joe's on Saturday evening, bringing an end to the hostage standoff situation. He appeared to be handcuffed when he walked out.

Police identified the suspect as a man about 28 years old, who surrendered three hours after barricading himself inside the store where other people had been trapped.

Reporter Doualy Xaykaothao in Los Angeles tells NPR the gunman took 40-50 people hostage.

Atkins eventually crashed the vehicle near a Trader Joe's in Silver Lake, where his hours-long standoff with police occurred. "He said to the police that it was their fault for her being dead", she said.

Onlookers began running for cover when shots rang out. He was wounded in the left arm during the gunbattle with officers. He was terrorized as he lay on the floor and others around him sobbed. All were in fair condition with no life-threatening injuries, a spokeswoman said. Some inside the supermarket climbed out windows as scores of police and firefighters and 18 ambulances converged on the scene and prepared for mass casualties.

Minutes later people could be seen being rescued by climbing out of the store's window's before they were led to safety.

The suspect earlier fired shots after police pursued his vehicle. At least one person is dead.

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A young woman inside or near Trader Joe's was shot and killed by the suspect, police said.

After the arrest, Mayor Eric Garcetti said that a woman had been shot and killed inside the store, without clarifying her identity.

Melyda Corado died after an armed man fleeing law enforcement barricaded himself inside the grocery store in Silver Lake on Saturday afternoon, taking hostages and trading shots with officers parked outside.

Some witnesses took to social media.

The suspect "jumped out of the auto, and it looked like he shot some rounds off when he got out of the vehicle", Dan Zito, who said he was only feet away from the crash, said to KNBC-TV.

Police Chief Michel Moore paid his respects to those affected.

The incident grabbed the attention of US President Donald Trump who sent out a tweet shortly after the reported hostage situation began.

Calls to the department's public information office were not immediately answered.

Don Kohles, 91, was walking into the supermarket when he saw a auto being chased police crash into a pole just outside. "Yesterday marks the saddest day in Trader Joe's history as we mourn the loss of one of our own".



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