Gunman surrenders in United States supermarket hostage drama

Marsha Scott
July 24, 2018

He then kidnapped a woman believed to be his girlfriend and drove her around in his grandmother's Toyota Camry before police caught up with him in Hollywood.

In this image from video provided by KNBC-TV, Los Angeles Police officers remove a passenger from a vehicle that crashed after a pursuit with the driver who ran into a nearby Trader Joe's supermarket in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles Saturday, July 21, 2018.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the incident began as a auto chase pursuit from Hollywood that ended with the man's vehicle crashing next to the Trader Joe's store. He had crashed a vehicle he was driving nearby after firing multiple rounds at officers pursuing him, police said.

Melyda Corado died after an armed man fleeing law enforcement barricaded himself inside the grocery store in Silver Lake on Saturday afternoon, taking hostages and trading shots with officers parked outside.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said a 20-year-old woman was transferred to a hospital in fair condition. SWAT teams are also on the scene.

After about 30 minutes, police came inside and rushed some of the customers out.

People frantically tried to flee from the store and some were seen climbing through windows while others darted through the back door.

It's unclear whether Atkins or an officer shot Corado, Moore told local media outlets, though he confirmed she suffered the fatal injury while escaping the store along with other trapped employees and shoppers.

During that shooting, the suspect crashed into a pole near the Trader Joe's in the 2700 block of Hyperion Avenue.

Melyda Corado, 27, was identified by a man who said she was his sister.

Meanwhile, as the suspect entered the store, employees and customers inside scrambled for cover.

An unidentified woman is helped by paramedics at a triage area after a gunman held dozens of people hostage inside a Trader Joe's store in Los Angeles Saturday

After talking with hostage negotiators, the suspect handcuffed himself and surrendered, police said.

The incident began when the man's auto crashed outside the store in Silver Lake after a chaotic police chase.

A police officer talks with a woman in a parking lot across the street from a Trader Joe's store where a hostage situation unfolded in Los Angeles.

Police officers and members of the Los Angeles Fire Department escort a woman on a stretcher after a suspect barricaded inside a Trader Joe's supermarket in Silverlake, Los Angeles, on July 21, 2018.

Cyrani Ackerman, 49, told the Los Angeles Times she and her 19-year-old daughter were headed toward the checkout line when she heard screeching tires and gunfire outside."Seven of us were hiding in the back behind the bread", she said.

The gunfire shattered the glass doors and the gunman ran inside and "down the middle aisle", Kohles said.

US President Donald Trump said he was watching the situation closely.

A manager at Gelson's Market, across the street from Trader Joe's, said people inside the market heard shots fired outside. Some people could be seen exiting the store through a side window and down a ladder.

The driver got out, and police started firing at him as he ran towards the supermarket. "She was pronounced dead at the scene", police said on Twitter.

'Gunman walked in shooting. One hostage was seen in aerial television footage holding what appeared to be the suspect's gun over her head.

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