Women killed, gunmen in custody after standoff at LA Trader Joe's

Police officers outside the Trader Joe’s supermarket in Silver Lake Los Angeles

Camera Icon Police officers outside the Trader Joe’s supermarket in Silver Lake Los Angeles

In this photo provided by Christian Dunlop, police officers stand guard near a crashed vehicle outside a Trader Joe's store in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles on Saturday, July 21, 2018.

Witnesses said they saw the man open fire as he ran inside. She worked at the store for several years. He held his hands in the air and quickly dropped to his knees as SWAT officers surrounded him and took him into custody.

Once inside the store, Atkins allegedly took shoppers and store employees hostage, police said. "She appeared lifeless", Mr Dunlop said. Store employees and customers are remembering the beloved employee with fondness.

The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted there was an "active incident" at a Trader Joe's in the Silver Lake area.

After talking with hostage negotiators, the man, 28, eventually handcuffed himself and surrendered, police said.

Atkins' grandmother initially was taken to a hospital in critical condition and police said she had been shot seven times but Egland, who visited Madison at the hospital on Sunday, said she had only been shot three times, had undergone surgery and her condition was improving.

Police believe a man involved in the standoff with officers shot his grandmother and girlfriend before firing at officers during a pursuit, then crashing outside the supermarket and running inside the store. Los Angeles Police were chasing him down after receiving call for an incident involving his grandmother and another woman.

Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a news conference about the shooting
Camera Icon Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a news conference about the

The suspect eventually crashed his vehicle outside the supermarket and then ran into the store.

The woman killed was Melyda Eldorado, according to her brother, Albert Corado.

Details on how the woman died inside the store were not immediately known.

"Officers said they are still processing the scene today and thatHyperion Avenue between Griffith Park Boulevard and Ettrick Street would remain closed until at least noon".

The man began shooting and ran into the Trader Joe's store where he barricaded himself inside. Other views from TV helicopters showed people leaving through the front door with their hands up. "I was thinking about her the whole time, and it's just incomprehensible", one former Trader Joe's employee wrote on Twitter. Police said she suffered a graze wound to her head and is expected to survive.

During the high-speed pursuit, Atkins allegedly fired at officers, shattering the rear window of the vehicle he was driving, police said. Six others ranging in age from 12- to 81-years-old were hospitalized, but did not have life-threatening injuries, according to a CNN report on the hostage standoff that was broadcast live across the country on Saturday. He was shot in the arm and then ran inside the supermarket as authorities returned fire, shooting out the glass doors of the business.

"She was the person I loved the most in the world", Corado said.




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