LAPD Responds to Possible Hostage Situation at Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake

LAPD Responds to Possible Hostage Situation at Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake

LAPD Responds to Possible Hostage Situation at Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake

After three hours, negotiators were able to persuade the suspect to come out peacefully, and he walked out alongside four hostages with their hands up.

The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed that at least one woman was killed as the gunman exchanged fire with law enforcement.

Officers tracked the vehicle, gave chase and exchanged gunfire with the man, who crashed into a pole outside the supermarket and then ran inside, they said.

"A male suspect. become involved in a family dispute which resulted in him shooting his grandmother and a female at the scene", police Sergeant Barry Montgomery told journalists.

He then took customers inside the store as hostages and barricaded himself from police.

SWAT teams are on scene at the Trader's Joe supermarket.

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. Later, a man was seen being led away from the store in handcuffs.

Officers tracked the auto using a stolen-vehicle tracking system and tried to stop the man in Hollywood, but he refused to pull over, police said. "The suspect was located via LoJack and a pursuit ensued at which point the suspect fired multiple rounds at pursuing officers", the LAPD tweeted in a thread after the incident concluded.

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The suspect led police on a auto chase that ended when he crashed into a pole and ran inside a busy Trader Joe's supermarket. A 91-year-old customer walking into the market told NBC4 police bullets flew past him as the suspect ran down the main aisle of the market. Arnold spoke to a young woman who'd been in contact with her brother, one of the hostages who she heard had been hiding in either a "refrigerator or freezer".

Inside the store the suspect took "numerous victims, of citizens as well as store employees, hostage", Moore said. Police Chief Michael Moore said paramedics attempted to revive her but failed.

He barricaded himself inside the store, with some of the 40 to 50 people inside, the Los Angeles Times reported. He had just crashed his vehicle outside the store after leading Los Angeles police officers on a chase through city streets.

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

'Gunman got out and started shooting at the cops.

Officials with Trader Joe's issued a statement late Saturday praising police and vowing to help its employees heal.

The man's grandmother is in hospital in a critical condition, while the woman he forced into a auto suffered minor injuries.

David Ortiz with the Los Angeles Fire Department confirms more than 100 firefighters responded with 18 ambulances, prepared to transport people to hospitals if necessary.

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