Gunman ‘takes hostages and opens fire’ inside a Trader Joe’s in Los Angeles after he was chased by cops for ‘shooting his girlfriend and grandmother’
The 21-year-old suspect is believed to have shot his grandmother and 20-year-old girlfriend earlier, before dumping the injured girlfriend in his car and fleeing the scene
Suspect after police chase fled into a Trader Joe’s after firing at police
Police returned fire, and thought to have hit the suspect, while trying to evacuate customers and employees
Sources believe at least as many as 30 people remain inside the supermarket
Local media reported that LAPD officers chased the suspect from Hollywood to Silver Lake, where he opened fire inside the Trader Joe’s market on Hyperion Avenue.
Officers began pursuing the suspect in Hollywood, and they arrived at the supermarket on Hyperion Avenue about 3.30pm.
Law enforcement are working to evacuate employees and customers, including small children, with at least one person seen fleeing with injuries.
While many were seen fleeing from the supermarket, it is believed there are still as many as 30 people inside.
Police have SWAT vehicles in position and an emergency triage area set up as the situation continues.
After the suspect’s car crashed into a street lamp outside, LAPD officers ran over, and opened fire.’
People who had been evacuated said the gunman ‘walked in shooting’, demanded a jumper and a phone, and moved the remaining hostages to the back of the store.
A cop is seen carrying a child to safety, away from the besieged store
Field’s account has not been confirmed by any official sources.
Police say the situation is ongoing as of 8pm EDT. ‘
‘We can confirm that there is an active barricaded suspect within a Trader Joe’s in Silverlake,’ a statement read.
‘An active tac-alert has been declared to ensure all resources necessary will be available. Please continue to stay clear of the area.’
The suspect entered the store after crashing their car outside following a police car chase