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One woman killed, gunman in custody after hostage standoff Los Angeles-area Trader Joe’s

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  • A gunman was taken into custody Saturday evening after
    he opened fire outside a Los Angeles-area Trader Joe’s and took
    hostages inside, police said. One woman inside the store was
    killed.
  • Authorities told news outlets they believe the man
    first shot his grandmother and girlfriend, then opened fire on
    police during a pursuit, before crashing his car outside the
    Trader Joe’s

A gunman is in police custody after opening fire outside a Los
Angeles-area Trader Joe’s supermarket, barricading himself
inside, and taking hostages, authorities said Saturday. One woman
was struck by gunfire inside the store, according
to the Los Angeles Police Department
and Los Angeles Mayor
Eric Garcetti.

“We have successfully taken the suspect into custody
without incident. The situation remains fluid as officers move
forward clearing the location,” the Los Angeles Police Department
tweeted.

Authorities said they believe the man first shot his grandmother
and girlfriend, then opened fire on police officers during a
pursuit, crashed his car outside the Trader Joe’s, and ran
inside.

Asst. Chief Robert Arcos of the Los Angeles Police
Department told the Los Angeles Times
that the gunman was barricaded in the store and that at least
some bystanders were also inside, though the newspaper cited
another source that said the gunman and the bystanders were in
separate parts of the building.

Officer Mike Lopez, a police spokesman, told the Associated Press
the man had fled from the scene after the Saturday afternoon
shooting in South Los Angeles.

He added that officers tried to pull the man over and were led on
a pursuit. Lopez says the suspect shot multiple rounds at
officers during the chase but no officers were struck. At
least one officer returned fire, he added.

The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted there was an “active
incident” at a Trader Joe’s in the Silver Lake area, roughly five
miles east of Hollywood.

President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday evening that
he was watching the situation “very closely,” and that the LAPD
was working alongside federal law-enforcement officials.

The Associated Press contributed reporting.

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