Trader Joe's store manager shot dead during police standoff in California

Live Shoppers flee as gunman barricades himself inside Los Angeles supermarket after car chase

During the earlier shootout the suspect was wounded in the arm, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

"Our hearts are broken over what happened today". A police chase ensued and finally came to an end when the suspect hit a power pole outside the Trader Joe's on Hyperion Avenue at Griffith Park Boulevard.

The company said that the Silver Lake location where the tragic incident took place will remain closed until further notice. "Our thoughts are with her family, and our Crew Members and customers who experienced this terrifying and unimaginable ordeal". "Our focus is on doing whatever we can to support them at this time", it added.

Law enforcement surrounded the building and had weapons pointed at the store. SWAT teams also arrived on the scene as the news of the incident gathered steam in the media.

The violence began when Atkins shot his 76-year-old grandmother several times at their South Los Angeles home after she complained about his having too many television sets on, said a cousin, Charlene Egland. The older woman was the suspect's grandmother, police said.

The incident grabbed the attention of US President Donald Trump who sent out a tweet shortly after the reported hostage situation began.

A woman was shot and killed when the gunman ran into the Trader Joe's supermarket in the city's Silver Lake section on Saturday, but no hostages were seriously hurt before he handcuffed himself and surrendered to police.

Once inside, Atkins forced one of the shoppers to round up everyone else hiding in the store, Ackerman said.

"Just as I turned, I heard all these gunshots and I turned around and this auto crashed right in back of me", Kohles said.

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Customers ran out of the store when the armed man burst in.

"An unknown number of people have been removed", Montgomery said.

Officers spotted the suspect's vehicle near Hollywood and tried to pull him over, but the man refused to stop and led officers on a chase. An LAPD source said she was the store manager.

Employees and customers inside scrambled for cover, they said later.

"Aerial coverage from a helicopter showed officers carrying a person who appeared to be injured to a vehicle and people climbing out of a store window and down a ladder", CNN reports.

Atkin's grandmother was left in critical condition in the earlier attack on Saturday, police said. All six, including a 12-year-old boy, are in fair condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

As the standoff unfolded, the LAPD went on a citywide tactical alert, keeping all available officers on duty beyond their shifts to ensure enough personnel were available to respond to the barricade situation. But around 6:30 p.m., the suspect surrendered and walked out with the hostages. He was taken into custody.

He could hear others around him sobbing as the man ran toward the back of the store and yell at people, but Kohles said he never heard any more gunshots. Police have not yet released the suspect's name.

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