According to the Los Angeles Police Dept., a the man in his late teens allegedly shot his grandmother and another woman in South L.A. around 1:30 p.m. and fled in a 2015 Toyota Camry. The grandmother was in critical condition. Moore said at about 1:30 p.m. the suspect shot his grandmother and another woman in a South Los Angeles home and then forced the other woman into his grandmother's auto.
Unidentified Trader Joe's supermarket employees hug after being evacuated by Los Angeles Police after a gunman barricaded himself inside the store in Los Angeles Saturday, July 21, 2018.
Montgomery said Hollywood officers attempted to pull the suspect over but he opened fire during a pursuit. Six people were transported in fair condition and non-life threatening injuries.
Don Kohles was walking into the Trader Joe's in the city's Silver Lake section Saturday afternoon when a vehicle being chased by police crashed into a pole just outside.
He then "fled the location in his grandmother's vehicle, taking the female victim with him", the Los Angeles police spokesman said.
During the incident Los Angeles Police tweeted: "We can confirm there is an active barricaded suspect within a Trader Joes in Silverlake".
Among the injured was a 20-year-old woman, who was removed from a vehicle, Stewart said. Police were still trying to determine whether there are any hostages inside the store. He said she had worked at Trader Joe's for four to five years. Los Angeles police said the incident started with a family dispute where the suspect shot his grandmother and another female victim, police said.
"Our hostage negotiators believed they had established a good rapport with him", the chief said.
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Police said Gene Evin Atkins, 28, was the man who held officers at bay for three hours on Saturday and engaged in a gunbattle in which the store manager was killed when she was caught in the crossfire.
"She appeared lifeless", Dunlop said.
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.
Minutes later people could be seen being rescued by climbing out of the store's window's before they were led to safety.
"After he was inside the store for a little while they had me crawl away from the scene and run away around the corner", Field said. The store is now on lockdown, but customers are allowed exit through the back of the building. "Watching Los Angeles possible hostage situation very closely", he tweeted.
One shopper was in front of the store when the pursuit ended.