Man arrested at Trader Joe's in Los Angeles after hours-long standoff


A suspected gunman being pursued by police reportedly fired shots and went into a Trader Joe's store in Los Angeles on Saturday, where he barricaded himself in and may have taken hostages, local media reported.

- The man who killed the manager of a Trader Joe's in Silver lake, and held a store full of terrified customers and employees hostage, was named today by Los Angeles police as Gene Evin Atkins, 28.

Police say a man had shot his grandmother at least seven times, injured another woman and dragged her into his grandmother's auto to escape. They say they chased the auto and exchanged gunfire with the man, who crashed into a pole outside the supermarket and then ran inside. During the chase, the man fired at officers, shooting out the back window of his vehicle.

A suspect was barricaded inside a supermarket in the USA city of Los Angeles on Saturday, police said, in what USA media reported was a possible hostage situation.

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

President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday evening that he was watching the situation "very closely", and that the LAPD was working alongside federal law-enforcement officials. "She was never anyone but herself for better or worse, she was herself", Alpert Corado said of his sister in an interview with CNN. Los Angeles Police were chasing him down after receiving call for an incident involving his grandmother and another woman.

The driver later crashed the vehicle in the Silverlake area of the city before getting out and running into a trader Joe's store. But around 6:30 p.m., the suspect surrendered and walked out with the hostages.

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A 22-year-old woman was wounded by glass fragments and later took herself to a hospital, police said. He suffered a gunshot wound to his arm, officials said. Investigators continued combing the area 12 hours after an armed chase suspect ran into the market and held several people hostage for about three hours, starting around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. "It seemed like one shot was toward the ground, but that's when I saw how big that gun was - it was a pretty hefty gun - he turned it around and shot at the cops looked like he was just trying to find a place for refuge himself". Police initially said she was in critical condition as she was rushed into multiple surgeries. Police surrounded the building during the three-hour standoff and several other customers were able to leave the store with their hands up.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the woman was killed inside the store.

At least one officer is believed to have returned fire during the pursuit, Lopez said.

The LAPD also tweeted out: "There is an active police incident at the Trader Joe's near the intersection of Hyperion Ave and Griffith Park Blvd in #Silverlake". One worker trapped in the store told CBS2 that the gunman threatened to kill them if he could not talk to his grandmother.

None were believed to be in a life-threatening condition.

"I know all the employees", Mr Dunlop said.