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LOS ANGELES – A woman was killed on Saturday when a suspect persecuted by Los Angeles police got into a firefight with officers entering a Trader Joe store. According to the authorities, the hostages took hostages and led to a three-hour stalemate before surrendering.
The woman who was shot was ripped off police by the police and treated by fire department doctors, but did not survive. Said Mayor Eric Garcetti
The suspect, who allegedly shot his grandmother, was arrested by the police in her Chasing the vehicle and firing on officers during the pursuit before he collapsed the vehicle near the popular grocery store in the Silver Lake neighborhood doing business with as many as 50 people in it, Garcetti said 1
The shooter took some people hostage, officials said. During the stalemate, the people were released or escaped from the building, and the suspect eventually gave up by handcuffing the police, putting them on and then getting out of the shop around 6:30 pm with several other people, the mayor said Suspects and the woman who was killed were not immediately released. "We are very early in this investigation," said Los Angeles police chief Michel R. Moore.
He said it is believed that the woman was shot in the first moments of the suspect from the vehicle and into a skirmish with the police, she was persecuted at around 3:30 pm, and it was not clear if she was shot by the suspect or was shot with the police.
During the more than three-hour confrontation, "hostages were both released and rescued by the LAPD," Garcetti said, praising the police for their actions during the ordeal. Moore said the police helped the trapped refugees through other exits while the situation was still ongoing.
No officers or first responders were injured, police and fire department officials said during a press conference.
Moore said that during the stalemate, the police negotiators had been talking to the suspect and "this dialogue ultimately led to his dressing himself and coming to SWAT."
During the armed conflict, a number of people were inside. The Trader Joe's hid or barricaded themselves in parts of the store to protect themselves from the gunman, Moore said.
Sources of the department told NBC News that it started as a domestic incident in the Newton Division division south of the city center on Saturday afternoon. A vehicle linked to the suspect was later found in Hollywood, and the man reportedly fired on officers.
Later, Garcetti confirmed these details and said police had used LoJack technology to track the vehicle.
At 30 o'clock a male suspect shot his grandmother and another woman fled in his grandmother's vehicle and took the woman along, Los Angeles police Sgt. Barry Montgomery said earlier. The police followed the persecution after the vehicle was in the Hollywood area, officials said.
"During this persecution, the suspect fired on our officers several times," Moore said before finally collapsing near Trader Joe's. "When the suspect left the vehicle, there was an additional shoot-out between the officers and the suspect."
Moore said police believe the suspect, who is about 28 years old, has kidnapped a woman in 32nd Street, where he shot his grandmother, and he put her in this vehicle. The mayor said the suspect allegedly shot at officers through the rear window of this limousine when he was prosecuted.
Garcetti said the suspect's grandmother had been shot seven times. At a press conference shortly after the suspect surrendered, Garcetti said it was unclear whether she was alive, and there was conflicting information at that time. The other woman shot dead in the first scene was hit by a bullet and is in good condition, Moore said.
While the situation became clear, President Donald Trump said on Twitter that he was following developments.
The fire department said that six people were transported for injuries, including the suspect, but none of the injuries were considered life threatening. Others were examined on-site and refused treatment at the hospital.
The suspect was described as being in fair condition. The police said he was injured sometime before entering the store on his arm.
The suspect during the talks with the police made "a series of demands," Moore said, without going into detail.
Moore said, "Our hostage-takers believed at all times that they had established a good relationship with him, a productive one, and that we kept in balance to find a peaceful solution without unnecessarily endangering the hostages."