Armed Standoff at LA Grocery Store Ends With One Killed

Armed Standoff at LA Grocery  Store Ends With One KilledArmed Standoff at LA Grocery  Store Ends With One Killed

Los Angeles police officers ended a tense standoff Saturday evening when they captured an armed suspect who barricaded himself inside a Trader Joe’s, killed someone inside the store and held dozens of people hostage for hours, authorities said.

One woman who was inside the store at Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake died from a gunshot wound, police said. Officials said they would not release her name until her family was notified, reported ABC News.

The suspect, whose identity was not immediately released, ultimately surrendered after asking officers for handcuffs, an LAPD source said. He cuffed himself and then turned himself in.

The episode began with a family dispute in Newton Division. The suspect, who is in his late teens, shot his grandmother seven times and another female victim, authorities said.

The gunman fled from cops and took the second female victim with him. Mayor Eric Garcetti said the suspect’s grandmother was still alive Saturday night but was undergoing surgeries and was in critical condition. Police were able to locate the suspect via LoJack technology.

But during the pursuit, police said the suspect opened fire on them, blasting multiple rounds at the trailing officers.

He ultimately crashed outside the Trader Joe’s, and police shot back, police said.

The gunman exchanged gunfire with cops and then fled into the store. He suffered a gunshot wound to his arm, officials said. When he went into the Trader Joe’s, he fatally shot the woman.

After an hours-long standoff, in which police were communicating with the suspect, he eventually requested handcuffs and cuffed himself before surrendering, police said.

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