Authorities say 1 Killed in LA Market Standoff

Authorities say 1 Killed in LA Market Standoff

Authorities say 1 Killed in LA Market Standoff

(RNN) - A double shooting led to a police chase and a standoff at a Los Angeles Trader Joe's.

Police officers guard a supermarket with a barricaded suspect in Silverlake, Los Angeles, on July 21, 2018.

The standoff inside the Silver Lake Trader Joe's dragged on for approximately three-and-a-half hours until Atkins finally surrendered without further incident at about 6:30 p.m.

The man was fleeing police after a shooting involving an elderly woman and a young woman, Los Angeles police Officer Mike Lopez told CNN.

The man, who was chased by police after he was suspected of repeatedly shooting his grandmother and another woman in a separate part of the city, crashed his auto outside the Trader Joe's, where he exchanged gunfire with police and entered the crowded store. The chase ended in the suspect crashing into a pole outside the Trader Joe's.

Eyewitness Don Kohles said he saw the vehicle the suspect was driving crash into what was a fire hydrant or a utility pole. At least one officer returned fire.

NBC Los Angeles reports that around 3:30 p.m. the pursuit vehicle was visible, crashed into a pole. Police were still trying to determine whether there are any hostages inside the store.

Officers with riot gear, armed with rifles, stood along the side of the Trader Joe's in the Silver Lake area on Saturday afternoon and used mirrors to try to look inside as hostages periodically came out the front door with the hands raised.

A 22-year-old woman was wounded by glass fragments and later took herself to a hospital, police said.

People frantically tried to flee from the store and some were seen climbing through windows, jumping down about 8 feet (2.44 meters), and others darted through the back door.

A Los Angeles supermarket hostage incident that left one woman dead began with a domestic dispute, the gunman's family says.

Some people escaped by climbing out of windows
Image Some people escaped by climbing out of windows

At a news conference afterward, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said a woman inside Trader Joe's had been killed.

The victim's brother identified her. Eldorado worked at Trader Joe's for four to five years, Albert Corado said. Originally 40 to 50 others were inside the store.

Officers freed some workers and customers, while the hostage-taker released others himself.

Just then he heard two shots.

The suspect barricaded himself inside the supermarket with an unknown number of people, but was taken into custody "without incident", according to police.

In the gun battle that followed, the store's manager was killed as she stepped into the parking lot.

US President Donald Trump tweeted that he is "Watching Los Angeles possible hostage situation very closely" and that Los Angeles police officers were working with federal law enforcement.

They say they chased the auto and exchanged gunfire with the man, who crashed into a pole outside the supermarket and then ran inside.

Another witness said it appeared that traffic prevented the suspect from escaping police when he crashed in front of the store.

The driver got out, and police started firing at him as he ran toward the supermarket. "I hid behind a retaining wall with three cops until they had me crawl out", wrote Field, whose Twitter account identifies him as a writer for the Jimmy Kimmel Live TV show.

'Gunman walked in shooting.

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