Trader Joe's gunman was feuding with grandmother

Police officers outside the Trader Joe’s supermarket in Silver Lake Los Angeles

A woman was shot and killed when a gunman ran into a busy Los Angeles supermarket where he held dozens of people hostage for about three hours Saturday before handcuffing himself and surrendering to police.

The Los Angeles Police Department identified the suspect as Gene Evin Atkins, whose bail was set at $2 million Sunday, one day after the incident, on suspicion of murder. "Melyda Corado you were immensely loved".

Mayor Eric Garcetti congratulated police and firefighters for their work and mourned the loss of life at the Trader Joe's, where he and his wife regularly shopped when they lived in the neighborhood.

Coroner's officials have identified a woman who was fatally shot when a gunman being chased by Los Angeles police fled into a supermarket and took hostages.

The suspect was fleeing from officers in a Toyota Camry after allegedly shooting his girlfriend and his grandmother earlier on Saturday. The chase ended in the suspect crashing into a pole outside the Trader Joe's.

Authorities later caught up to him in Hollywood - using stolen vehicle technology - and exchanged gunfire with him during a auto chase.

The standoff inside the Silver Lake Trader Joe's dragged on for approximately three-and-a-half hours until Atkins finally surrendered without further incident at about 6:30 p.m. According to authorities, he was armed with a hand-gun.

The gunman took "numerous victims, of citizens as well as store employees, hostage", Moore said. Officers removed two kids from a auto in the parking lot and carried them to safety while other officers helped people climb out of a window and down a ladder.

Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a news conference about the shooting
Camera Icon Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a news conference about the

"My wife and I shopped here nearly weekly when we lived near here", said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who, along with new LAPD Chief Michel Moore and Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu, held a news conference at the scene around 7 p.m. shortly after the gunman finally surrendered.

His father got sent to prison when he was only 8-years-old, she said.

SWAT teams joined police in surrounding the supermarket during the hostage situation, and the suspect was eventually apprehended. According to a report by The San Bernardino Sun newspaper on Sunday morning, police are still uncertain as to the exact circumstances of Corado's shooting. Police were still trying to determine whether there are any hostages inside the store.

No one inside Gelson's was hurt, to her knowledge. Authorities said he asked for handcuffs prior to exiting the store. "She was pronounced dead at the scene", police said on Twitter.

The suspect did not have a mobile phone, but called his family from the Trader Joe's to find out how his grandmother was, Egland said.

The situation became a national news story with CNN reporting. "He was shot, and there was a woman who [.] really worked to try to keep him calm and sort of, nearly advocate on his behalf". We will update as the situation develops.

During the incident Los Angeles Police tweeted: "We can confirm there is an active barricaded suspect within a Trader Joes in Silverlake".

Six people ranging in age from 12 to 81 were taken to the hospital afterward, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

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