Atkins was first suspected of shooting his grandmother several times and another woman on Saturday before fleeing with that second woman and leading police on a chase, authorities said. The man crashed the auto and ran into the Silver Lake Trader Joe's, taking dozens of people hostage. Over the course of the three-hour standoff, several people walked out of the store with their hands up.
Heavily armed officers in riot gear stood along the side of the store and used mirrors to look inside as hostage negotiators tried to coax the man into freeing his 40-50 hostages and surrendering.
"Yesterday marks the saddest day in Trader Joe's history as we mourn the loss of one our own", company spokeswoman Kenya Friend-Daniel said in a statement.
One woman, store manager Melyda Corado, was shot and killed.
Police ID suspect in deadly barricade situation at Trader Joe's in LA " She was incredible", said Trader Joe's employee Armando Escudero. "Our thoughts are with her family, and our Crew Members and customers who experienced this terrifying and unimaginable ordeal". It is unclear if the fatal shot was sacked by the gunman or a police officer, he said.
A feud between a man and his grandmother over his girlfriend staying at the grandmother's home exploded into violence that ultimately led to him taking dozens of people hostage inside a Los Angeles supermarket, a relative said Sunday. It's still unclear if the manager, 27-year-old Melyda Corado, was shot by Atkins or officers who were returning fire. An autopsy is still pending.
A GoFundMe page was started by another Trader Joe's employee to help Corado's family pay for her funeral costs.
LAPD responds to a hostage situation at Trader Joe's in Silver Lake, California on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Police officers gave chase through Hollywood, ending with the man crashing his vehicle outside the Trader Joe's, and barricading himself inside the store. Bail is set at $2 million.
President Donald Trump tweeted that he was "watching Los Angeles possible hostage situation very closely" and that Los Angeles police officers were working with federal law enforcement.
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Atkins was booked Sunday on suspicion of murder after an employee was killed as he ran into the supermarket, police said.
During the three-hour siege, people were seen fleeing the Trader Joe's supermarket, some jumping from windows.
The chase ended with him crashing the auto outside the store and heading into the store.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had earlier said on social media that 100 firefighters and 18 ambulances had been deployed as well as the Mayor's Crisis Response Team "to provide emotional support and resources to victims of #Silverlake #TraderJoes incident". The grandmother was reported Saturday to be in critical condition after surgery. It wasn't clear if he had an attorney and a message left at a number listed for Atkins in public records wasn't immediately returned.
The shooting began as a family dispute in south Los Angeles involving a 28-year-old man later identified as Gene Atkins who shot his grandmother and his girlfriend.
A gunman on Saturday took hostages inside a supermarket in Los Angeles after a gunbattle with police, leaving a store employee dead before the suspect handcuffed himself and surrendered, police said.
Police say the man shot his grandmother seven times and wounded another woman, who he forced into a auto.
An Associated Press employee who lives in the area reported seeing a crashed auto into a utility pole outside the store.
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