1 Killed In Hostage Situation At Los Angeles Trader Joe’s

A woman was killed when a suspected gunman barricaded himself inside of a crowded Trader Joe’s grocery store in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood on Saturday. An estimated 40 to 50 people were inside the store at the start of the standoff, police said.

The hostage situation took place after a police pursuit, which ended in an officer-involved shooting near the Trader Joe’s. The woman killed was struck by gunfire inside the store, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said during a press conference.


After three hours,  the suspect walked out of the store and was taken into custody “without incident, ” police said.

Before the barricade situation, LAPD officers were pursuing the gunman, who is suspected of shooting his grandmother multiple times around 1 p.m.,  LAPD Officer Mike Lopez told HuffPost. A second woman who was also injured during that attack.

According to police, the suspect kidnapped the second woman and fled the scene of the first shooting in a car. He was later spotted by police in Hollywood. Following a pursuit, he crashed a vehicle in front of the Trader Joe’s.