Silver Lake — One woman was killed inside the Trader Joe’s after a gunman barricaded himself inside the store for more than three hours today following a police chase and gun battle outside the Hyperion Avenue market, police said.
About 40 to 50 of people remained in the market, with some locking themselves in the restrooms during the standoff, according to TV reports. Some persons scrambled out of high windows and climbed down ladders put in place by authorities.
Today’s incident began at about 1:30 pm when a man in his teens allegedly shot his grandmother seven times and another woman in the 1600 block of 32nd Street, according to LAPD spokespersons. The grandmother underwent surgery and was said to be in grave condition.
The man then fled the scene in his grandmother’s car — a 4-door Toyota Camry, with the other wounded woman.
After the shooting in South L.A. the suspect’s vehicle, equipped with a stolen vehicle notification system, was later spotted by LAPD Hollywood Division officers, who began to chase the car.
The suspect fired at the pursuing officers several times during the chase, which ended when the suspect’s crashed into a pole in front of the Trader Joe’s, he said.
The suspect, a 28-year-old black male, went into the market after he and officers exchanged gunfire a second time outside the store. The armed suspect initially let some persons leave the store but he kept numerous employees and customers hostage during the standoff as he spoke with LAPD negotiators.
The barricade ended when the man was seen being handcuffed by police outside the market and was then escorted into an ambulance, according to aerial images seen on CBS2. He sustained a wound to his left arm.
The woman who died was shot early during the incident inside the Trader Joe’s. A police official who did not want to be identified told The Eastsider that the victim was a store employee. Officers pulled the woman from inside the store and tried to revive her but she died from her injuries, police said in an early evening briefing.
One Eastsider reader said her boyfriend was about to drive into the Trader Joe’s parking lot when when he was diverted by police into the Gelson’s parking lot across the street.
“No one is allowed to leave right now,” she said. “Very scary.”
Another Eastsider reader on Facebook said the police chase went right past her at Hyperion and Rowena. “I heard the shots fired!”
Update @ 11:27 PM: ABC7 identified the victim as Melyda Corado, a Trader Joe’s employee. Police said Hyperion Avenue is expected to remain closed until noon on Sunday.
Update @ 8:04 PM: In addition to the women who was killed, several others were injured, the L.A. Fire Department said. Six persons — ranging in age from 12 to 81 – were transported to hospitals in fair condition with non-life threatening injuries. Three additional patients were evaluated and declined being take to hospitals.
Update @ 7 PM: Mayor Eric Garcetti said a woman inside the store died from her wounds. A police official told The Eastsider that the victim was a store employee.
Update @ 6:43 PM: The suspect has been taken into custody without incident, the LAPD said on Twitter. CBS2 had broadcast images of police handcuffing a man and escorting him into an ambulance
Update @ 6:34 PM: CBS2 has broadcast images of police handcuffed a man and escorting him into an ambulance
Update @ 5:44 PM: A family reunification center has been set up at the LAPD Northeast Division station, 3353 N. San Fernando Road in Glassell Park.
Update @ 5:42 PM: One injured woman was transported from the scene, the LAFD during a news conference. Authorities have told new media to remove their vehicles from the area.
Update @ 5:39 PM: The suspect might be wounded, reports The L.A. Times. He may not be holding hostages but there are people in the store.
Update @ 5:35 pm: President Trump has Tweeted about the Silver Lake standoff. “Watching Los Angeles possible hostage situation very closely. Active barricaded suspect. L.A.P.D. working with Federal Law Enforcement.”
police chase that ended at a trader joes in silver lake where suspect went in and is now holding everyone hostage, i’m shook pic.twitter.com/GhgtZbq9QQ
— faithy wap (@faithsilva) July 22, 2018
Breaking: Trader Joe’s worker drags out person after shots fired in Silver Lake. Officers looking for stolen car suspect. pic.twitter.com/J2yxU2M3rL
— Jeff Nguyen (@jeffnguyen) July 21, 2018
Police pulled a woman from the car that led police on a chase starting in the Hollywood area. The driver barricaded himself inside a Trader Joes’ in Silver Lake, with multiple shots being fired at the scene. Live updates: https://t.co/TxoO6jcdJA pic.twitter.com/4AXtmh735B
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) July 21, 2018
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