Trader Joe's Suspected Gunman In Custody, Hours After Taking Hostages — LAPD

Police investigate the aftermath of a hostage situation at the Trader Joes grocery store in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles California USA 21 July 2018. A gunman crashed his car into the utility pole outside the store before surrendering

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Unidentified Trader Joe's supermarket employees hug after being evacuated by police after a gunman barricaded himself inside the store in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The suspect held multiple people hostage in the store before the suspect walked out and "asked that he put handcuffs on himself", police said.

After the suspect was in custody, police said they were still recovering people inside as some people had barricaded themselves in different locations throughout the store.

The suspect eventually crashed his vehicle outside the supermarket and then ran into the store.

"The heroism that was shown today was second to none and the teams that were able to respond, secure the perimeter and engage in conversation with the suspect no doubt saved lives today", he said, adding "our hearts go out to everyone who has been traumatised". He ultimately crashed outside the Trader Joe's, and police shot back, police said.

He stole his grandmother's auto after the shooting, according to police, and forced the other woman into the vehicle.

It was not clear from the statement at what point that chase began. Police said he had a wound to his arm. When he approached the Trader Joe's on Hyperion Avenue, he swerved and crashed in front of the building. He engaged in a police pursuit and exchanged gunfire with police, they said. The employee did not appear to be hurt, Kohles aid. "We hope to know more following an autopsy and ballistics tests".

Four people - the suspect, the suspect's grandmother, the woman who was pulled into the auto and the woman at the store who died - sustained gunshot wounds, police said.

Ten people were evaluated by emergency medical personnel.

The LA Fire Department said six people ranging from ages 12 to 81 were taken to the hospital following the incident.

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Don Kohles, 91, was walking into the supermarket when he saw a vehicle being chased by police crash into a pole just outside.

"He's not the same from when we were growing up". She had worked at Trader Joe's for four to five years, he said. She was never anyone but herself. The gunman fled from cops and took the second female victim with him.

"She didn't want the girl over there anymore", Egland said.

According to CNN, Albert Corado has identified the deceased woman as his sister Melyda Corado, who the Los Angeles Times reports was a manager at the store.

Ms Madison was shot after she made a comment about how many television sets Mr Atkins had on, according to Ms Egland. Corado was an employee at the store. The manager did not wish to give her name. "She was just so sweet and so professional about everything".

Another victim, described as a 22-year-old woman, was hit by glass fragments during the incident. "Our thoughts are with her family, and our Crew Members and customers who experienced this terrifying and unimaginable ordeal".

"Yesterday marks the saddest day in Trader Joe's history as we mourn the loss of one of our own".

On Sunday, grieving family members, co-workers and customers remembered Corado as lively, hardworking and always smiling. A makeshift memorial of flowers, candles and notes grew on the sidewalk outside of the store on Sunday. The chase ended in a crash at the store in the Silver Lake area. Here at LAist, our goal is to cover the stories that matter to you and the community you live in.

Atkins was booked Sunday on suspicion of murder after an employee was killed as he ran into the supermarket, police said. Independent, local journalism isn't cheap, but with your support we can keep delivering it.

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