LAPD: Trader Joe's Suspected Gunman In Custody, Hours After Taking Hostages

Saturday, July 21st 2018, 9:49 pm
By: News 9

Los Angeles police said Saturday a suspected gunman is in custody after taking hostages inside a Trader Joe's in the Silver Lake neighborhood. There was at least one fatality, said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.  

The woman was shot and killed inside the store, police said. They did not release her identity. 

After the suspect was in custody, police said they were still recovering people inside as some people had barricaded themselves in different locations throughout the store. There were 40-50 people inside the store when the suspected gunman went inside. 

The suspect, who police is in his 20s, allegedly shot his grandmother multiple times, possibly as many as seven times, and a woman. Police said he pulled the woman into his grandmother's car, and fled. He engaged in a police pursuit and exchanged gunfire with police, they said. 

Police said he was wounded in the left arm, and then went into the Trader Joe's. The suspect was in communication with police via phone and released some hostages before surrendering. 

Four people -- the suspect, the suspect's grandmother, the woman who was pulled into the car and the woman at the store who died -- sustained gunshot wounds, police said. 

Police said as of 6:45 p.m. PT that the situation remains fluid.

A 91-year-old man is among those who escaped. Don Kohles was walking into the Trader Joe's in the city's Silver Lake section Saturday afternoon when a car being chased by police crashed into a pole just outside. 

Kohles says police fired at the male driver and shattered the store's glass doors. Kohles says he and others inside took cover and laid on the floor as the suspect ran inside. 

Kohles says the man ran toward the back of the store and yelled at people inside but he never heard any more gunshots. 

Kohles he was terrified and others around him were sobbing. After about 30 minutes, he says police came in and rushed them outside. 

Lorraine Perrotta, who lives in the Silver Lake neighborhood, says she was getting ready to park her car Saturday afternoon when she heard gunshots. 

Some witnesses took to social media. 

Devin Field, a writer for "Jimmy Kimmel Live," tweeted he was walking inside when a car crashed into the entrance and a man "got out shooting." 

Some people could be seen exiting the store through a side window and down a ladder. 

President Trump tweeted Saturday he is watching the situation "very closely."

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