Standoff at LA Trader Joe's ends with one person dead, suspect i

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He was being held on $2 million bail Sunday and it wasn't clear if he had an attorney to comment on the allegations. 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.

During the chase, Atkins fired at officers, blowing out the car's back window, and there was more shooting before the vehicle crashed into a pole outside the Trader Joe's, followed by another shootout with police, Police Chief Michel Moore said.

Authorities say earlier Saturday he shot his grandmother seven times and wounded another woman, who he forced into a auto.

The man was fleeing police after a shooting in which an elderly woman and a young woman were victims, Los Angeles police Officer Mike Lopez told CNN. The grandmother was listed in critical condition.

Trader Joe's said the store - known by customers as a neighborhood hangout with great customer service - would remain closed for the foreseeable future to give their employees time to process and grieve.

Mayor Eric Garcetti congratulated police and firefighters for their work and mourned the loss of life at the Trader Joe's where he and his wife regularly shopped when they lived in the neighbourhood. "We will continue to do whatever we can to support them, including providing grief counselors to help them cope with the situation".

More than an hour after the standoff began, a few hostages were shown on TV leaving the store through the front door.

Inside the store the suspect took "numerous victims, of citizens as well as store employees, hostage", Moore said.

The vehicle was wrapped around a pole and police rescued a woman left inside, according to reports.

The suspect eventually turned himself into police after talking with negotiators.

Melyda Corado is seen in a GoFundMe
Melyda Corado is seen in a GoFundMe

What started off as a feud between a man and his grandmother ended in the death of Melyda Corado, a 27-year-old Trader Joe's employee. A store manager died during the gunfire. Mr Atkins' girlfriend was allegedly injured by a bullet as well.

Among the injured was a 20-year-old woman, who was removed from a vehicle, Stewart said.

As the standoff unfolded, the LAPD went on a citywide tactical alert, keeping all available officers on duty beyond their shifts to ensure enough personnel were available to respond to the barricade situation.

Egland said the wounded grandmother underwent surgery, and so far was "holding her own".

A gunman opened fire outside a Los Angeles-area Trader Joe's supermarket on Saturday and barricaded himself inside, police said.

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

"There is an active police incident at the Trader Joe's near the intersection of Hyperion Ave and Griffith Park Blvd in #Silverlake".

"And I see the two front-glass doors shot out".

He then saw five employees hang out a second-floor window and drop to the ground and around 15 others run to safety from the back of the store.

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