Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Armed Suspect Barricaded With Hostages Inside Trader Joe’s — LAPD

Armed Suspect Barricaded With Hostages Inside Trader Joe’s — LAPD

The suspect's auto crashed next to the store and he opened fire on the officers chasing him, before entering the premises as shoppers ran for cover, the Los Angeles Times said.

A woman is confirmed dead following a barricade situation involving a shooting and chase suspect who held hostages inside a Trader Joe's in Silver Lake on Saturday.

The suspect ran into the store and immediately barricaded himself with as many hostages as he could bunch together, standoff that lasted a full three hour period. "At the termination of the pursuit, an officer involved shooting occurred, and the suspect has barricaded himself inside a #TraderJoes in #Silverlake", the Los Angeles Police Department wrote on its official Twitter account.

Store manager Melyda Corado was shot in the Trader Joe's and died at the scene, according to the Los Angeles Times. During the chase, the suspect shot "multiple rounds" at officers, though no officers were struck by the gunfire, he said. At least one officer returned fire, he added. He crashed the vehicle attempting to escape police, firing at officers before running into the nearby grocery store. "Please stay clear of the area", the LAPD tweeted. Los Angeles police said the incident started with a family dispute in the 1600 block of 32nd Street in South Los Angeles, where the suspect shot his grandmother and another female victim, police said.

Moore later said about 40 people were believed to be in the store when the suspect entered.

In the incident, dozens of employees and shoppers were trapped inside.

The standoff ended as live TV coverage of the scene showed a man in a tank top and four hostages emerging from the store with their hands in the air. Others emerged from second-floor windows and climbed down ladders that had been propped up along walls by police.

Throughout the ordeal, officers with riot gear, armed with rifles, stood along the side of the Trader Joe's and used mirrors to try to look inside as hostages periodically came out the front door with the hands raised. Police were seen carrying several children away from the building.

An employee waits in a parking lot near a Trader Joe's store where a hostage situation unfolded in Los Angeles on July 21, 2018.

"He did not seem high on drugs, to me", Westafer said.

"An unknown number of people have been removed", Montgomery said. The grandmother was reported Saturday to be in critical condition after surgery.

The incident began with an earlier shooting in which a young woman and an elderly woman were shot at.

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