Armed standoff at Los Angeles Trader Joe's: 1 dead

Pursuit ends in hostage situation at LA grocery store

Police said they were trying to determine what prompted a man to shoot his grandmother and wound another woman before he crashed his auto and ran into a busy supermarket, where he held dozens of people hostage in a tense standoff with heavily armed officers outside. The hostage situation came to an end through the help of crisis negotiators at about 6:30 p.m., approximately three hours after the ordeal began. Police said the suspect is believed to be armed inside the store.

At least six people, ranging from age 12 to 81, who were held hostage were treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Erlier, he had crashed into a pole at the store.

After the standoff began, police advised the public to avoid the area around the intersection of Hyperion Avenue and Griffith Park Boulevard, in the city's Silver Lake neighborhood. The gunman fled from cops and took the second female victim with him.

A woman was fatally wounded when a gunman being chased by police in Los Angeles fled into a supermarket and took hostages, authorities have said. The man exchanged gunfire with police again and that's when Corado was shot and killed, Police Chief Michel Moore said.

Photos posted on social media showed people trying to exit the supermarket through a window and video from television news helicopters showed others leaving through the front door with their hands up.

Inside the store the suspect took "numerous victims, of citizens as well as store employees, hostage", Moore said. He said she had worked at Trader Joe's for four to five years.

The suspect shot at police several times through his rear windshield, before crashing in front of a Trader Joe's store in the Silver Lake neighborhood. One person, an employee, was dragging an injured woman by the hands.

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Police aren't sure what led to the initial violence that produced the auto chase and standoff.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the women was killed inside the Trader Joe's store in the Silver Lake area. The incident occurred after the suspect led police on a chase starting in South L.A., after he allegedly shot his grandmother and girlfriend.

The gunfire shattered the glass doors, Kohles said, and the gunman ran inside and "down the middle aisle". The suspect is in custody after surrendering to police in the hours-long barricade.

Minutes later people could be seen being rescued by climbing out of the store's window's before they were led to safety.

President Trump tweeted that he's "watching Los Angeles possible hostage situation very closely".

He says the situation is still unfolding and it isn't clear if employees are still inside the store.

"The bullets were flying everywhere - through the front of the store and across the parking lot", Kohles told the Los Angeles Times.

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