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

Gunman in Trader Joe's standoff was feuding with grandmother

Gunman in Trader Joe's standoff was feuding with grandmother

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

Atkins is suspected of repeatedly having shot his grandmother and another woman in a separate part of the city before being chased by police and crashing his vehicle outside the Trader Joe's, according to the police account.

- Police are communicating with the suspect "trying to bring this to a peaceful conclusion", Sgt. Barry Montgomery of the LAPD said.

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, he said.

The suspect, described by police and witnesses as an African-American male, fled in a 2015 Toyota Camry, taking the younger victim with him. He had an arm injury.

After shooting his grandmother and his girlfriend at about 1:30 Saturday afternoon, Atkins forced his wounded girlfriend into his grandsmother's auto and sped across the Midcity of Los Angeles. During the chase, he fired at officers, shooting out the back window of his auto.

Atkin's grandmother was left in critical condition in the earlier attack on Saturday, police said.

People were earlier seen running from the Trader Joe's supermarket.

Don Kohles, 91, told CNN he saw the auto crash into a fire hydrant or a utility pole in front of the Trader Joe's.

Christian Dunlop, a real estate agent and actor who lives nearby and frequents Trader Joe's, was on a corner near the store when he saw four people run out. After about 30 minutes, he says police came him and rushed them outside.

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.

A gunman being pursued by police crashed his vehicle, got out and ran into the store. One employee was killed and as many as 50 people were trapped or held hostage in the store for about three hours.

"Our officers rescued that woman and attempted to render aid with the assistance of LA fire and unfortunately were unable to revive her".

"Officers said they are still processing the scene today and thatHyperion Avenue between Griffith Park Boulevard and Ettrick Street would remain closed until at least noon".

A gun was found in the store, police said.

A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after shooting and killing a Trader Joe's employee in Los Angeles.

Fire officials said six people, ranging in age from 12 to 81, were taken to hospital. The gunman barricaded himself inside the store and the standoff began. He allegedly shot and killed a store employee during the chaos before eventually giving himself up. Three other people were evaluated but declined to be taken to hospitals.

President Trump tweeted Saturday that he was watching the situation "very closely", but later deleted the tweet.

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