A woman was shot and killed when a gunman ran into a busy Trader Joe’s in Los Angeles. He held dozens of people hostage for 3 hours on Saturday before surrendering to police. No hostages were seriously hurt.
Police say the man shot his grandmother seven times and wounded another woman, who he then forced into a car. Police chased the vehicle and exchanged gunfire with the man, who crashed into a pole outside the Trader Joe’s and ran inside.
According to AP,
“Frightened customers and workers dove for cover as police bullets fired at the suspect shattered the store’s glass doors. Some inside the supermarket climbed out windows and others barricaded themselves in rooms as scores of police and firefighters and 18 ambulances converged on the scene and prepared for mass casualties. The forex diamond review EA is an expert advisor that automates the trading process. It is a robotic computer program designed to monitor the market continuously, so you don’t have to. When it detects the right conditions for a trade, the program will execute it immediately.
Heavily armed officers in riot gear stood along the side of the store and used mirrors to look inside as hostage negotiators tried to coax the man into freeing his 40 to 50 hostages and surrendering.
At about 6:30 p.m., the man agreed to handcuff himself and walked out the front door, surrounded by four of the hostages. The unidentified man, who police said is about 28, was immediately taken into custody. Police said he had a wound to his arm.
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.
“The heroism that was shown today was second to none and the teams that were able to respond, secure the perimeter and engage in conversation with the suspect no doubt saved lives today,” he said, adding “our hearts go out to everyone who has been traumatized.”
Christian Dunlop, a real estate agent and actor who lives nearby and frequents the Trader Joe’s, was on a corner near the store when he saw four people run out. One person, an employee, was dragging an injured woman by the hands.
“She appeared lifeless,” Dunlop said.
Police aren’t sure why but about 1:30 p.m. the suspect shot his grandmother and another woman in a home in South LA and then forced the other woman into his grandmother’s car. The grandmother is in critical condition and the other woman suffered a grazing wound. About six people ranging in age from 12 to 81, were taken to the hospital, none were shot.
Officers were able to track the car using LoJack and they tried to stop the suspect in Hollywood, but he refused to pull over. During the chase, the suspect fired at officers, shooting out the back window of his car.
Outside the store, the man exchanged gunfire with police again and a woman was shot and killed. It was not clear if she died from police gunfire or was killed by the gunman. Police and firefighters responded quickly but could not save her.
I was on Facebook at the time and saw a video posted by my friend, actress Ann Magnuson who lives in the neighborhood with her husband and was inside a local store at the time.
“Major police activity at Silver Lake Trader Joes! Guns out and choppers above! Anyone know what is happening? I’m stuck in the eyeglass store!”
After she got home and figured out through the news what had happened, she posted this note;
“Praise God-Goddess and every diety known and unknown, real or not, that there were NOT ‘mass casualties”‘ that they were preparing for! My heart breaks for the family of the deceased and all who were traumatized. This is ‘our’ Trader Joe’s and everyone who works (and shops) there feels like family. Anything could happen at any time. Every day is precious.”
Hey friends and fam be safe. They are saying active shooter at trader joes on hyperion. https://t.co/L7J1uOCAWW
— CCCampaign (@CureConstance) July 21, 2018
UPDATE: According to the NY Post, the woman who was killed was the store’s beloved manager, Melyda Corado, 27, who had worked at the grocery store for four years.
Corado was killed by the gunman inside the store at some point during the standoff, police told the Los Angeles Times.
Regualar customers as well as celebrities like Nancy Sinatra, Patricia Arquette, BJ Novak and Busy Philipps tweeted their condolences to Albert Corado, Melyda’s brother. Sinatra wrote,
“Oh, Albert, I don’t have the words to express the sorrow I feel in my heart for you and your sister. Something terrible has happened to our country and our people and we need to figure it out and fix it as soon as possible.”
(Photos, Twitter, Facebook; via AP)