Los Angeles police report possible hostage situation at Trader Joe’s

Pursuit ends in hostage situation at LA grocery store

Officers surrounded a Trader Joe's grocery store in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake after a police pursuit reportedly ended with a suspect taking hostages in the store.

Officers spotted the suspect's vehicle near Hollywood and tried to pull him over, but the man refused to stop and led officers on a pursuit, said officer Mike Lopez, an LAPD police spokesman.

The episode began around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday when Atkins got into an argument at a South Los Angeles residence with his grandmother and allegedly shot her seven times, police said.

A Los Angeles supermarket was barricaded after a gunman entered the store and took employees and victims hostage until eventually surrendering himself to the police.

Barry Montgomery with LAPD confirms the 28-year-old suspect shot his grandmother and another young woman in the Newton area, then took his grandmother's vehicle.

He says officers tried to pull the man over and were led on a pursuit. Police said the suspect is believed to be armed inside the store. He fired multiple rounds at officers during the police pursuit, Lopez said.

Los Angeles officials escort a woman being evacuated by emergency personnel after a gunman held hostages inside a Trader Joe's store in Los Angeles Saturday, July 21, 2018. Police said she suffered a graze wound to her head and is expected to survive.

Aerial video showed officers carrying a injured person of the store and carrying children out from the store to safety.

The Los Angeles Fire Department sent 18 ambulances and 100 firefighters at the scene, "expecting the worst", during the standoff, the report said.

The suspect had a pistol in his hand and "just started opening fire on the police behind him", Field said.




Several people climbed out of windows and down ladders to escape, while others ran to a nearby business to hide.

A woman inside the store was killed, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Saturday at a news conference.

Police on Sunday continued to investigate the shootout at a Silver Lake Trader Joe's that left a woman dead.

"No one is allowed to leave right now", she said. It was unclear if she died from police gunfire or was killed by the gunman. Police said the suspect fled the vehicle and ran into the Trader Joe's.

Frightened customers and workers dived for cover as police bullets fired at the man shattered the store's glass doors.

A large number of police and rescue personnel were responding to a Los Angeles supermarket, amid numerous media reports of possible gunshots. The employee did not appear to be hurt, Kohles aid. President Donald Trump confirmed LAPD worked with federal law enforcement.

More gunfire ensued before Atkins crashed into a pole outside the supermarket.

Devin Field, a writer for "Jimmy Kimmel Live", tweeted he was walking inside when a vehicle crashed into the entrance and a man "got out shooting".

"After he was inside the store for a little while they had me crawl away from the scene and run away around the corner", Field said.

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