About 40 people were in the grocery store on Hyperion Avenue in Los Silver Lake, LA, when an armed man called in. He had crashed the car he drove nearby after firing several rounds of officers on him, the police said.
The man ran from police after a shootout involving an elderly woman and a young woman, LAPD officer Mike Lopez told CNN. Your conditions were not given.
The police said the elderly woman was the suspect's grandmother, and it was the grandmother's car he was driving when he walked near Trader Joe's.
Some customers immediately ran out of the store when the armed man came in and police overturned the building. During the three-hour breakdown, several people came out of the shop with their hands raised. Some employees climbed out of a back window on a chain ladder.
Mayor Eric Garcetti later told a press conference that a woman had been killed in Trader Joes. He did not identify her or tell her how she died. The suspect was injured on the left arm after exchanging shots with the police, Garcetti told reporters after the stalemate had ended.
After the man had negotiated with the hostage-takers, he finally got himself handcuffed and surrendered, police said with wife Melyda Corado, after her brother, Albert Corado. He said Melyda Corado worked at Trader Joe for four to five years.
"She was the person I loved most in the world, she was never anyone but herself, she was herself," said Albert Corado
Public security authorities responded to the dispute with an armored police vehicle's store and several ambulances and dozens of law enforcement vehicles arriving on the scene.
The LA Fire Department said six people aged 12 to 81 were taken to hospital after the incident. All were in fair condition with no life-threatening injuries, said spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.
The injured included a 20-year-old woman who was removed from a vehicle, not inside the store, Stewart said. It was not immediately known if this woman was the one from the original shootout.
Police chief Michael Moore said earlier that the man had shot his grandmother seven times and undergone a series of operations at a local hospital.
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Don Kohles, 91, told CNN he saw the car being thrown into a fire hydrant or power pole in front of Trader Joe.
"Then this guy gets out of the car and runs towards TJs." Said Kohles, referring to the grocery store. "I look behind and there were two policemen who came with heavy weapons, then Boom Boom Boom, so I go to TJ's and I see this guy and he comes in.
" And I see the two front glass doors. I look around and see a TJ employee lying on the floor, then all the help lay on the floor. "The clerk did not seem hurt, Kohl's help.
" We all lay About half an hour to the LAPD there came and got us out. They helped me drive over the parking lot and they threw me over a wall, "Kohles said.
Witness Devin Field said the traffic prevented the suspect from escaping the police when he collapsed in front of the store.
The suspect had a gun in his hand and "just started firing at the police behind him," Field said, and when the police returned the fire, Feld and others fell to the ground, he said.
"After keeping him in the warehouse for a short while, they slipped around the corner," Field said.
"He was very anxious to get out of the police's eyesight," Miguel Trujillo said. The exchange of the bullets were all in a moment. "