Los Angeles shootout: One dead, suspect held after taking hostages at supermarket

No hostages were seriously hurt.

Authorities say earlier in the day Atkins shot his grandmother seven times and wounded another woman, who he forced into a vehicle.

Police officers were seen carrying children from the scene of the shooting while terrified shoppers escaped the Trader Joe's store through a side window and down a ladder.

The Los Angeles Police Department identified the suspect as Gene Evin Atkins, whose bail was set at $2 million Sunday, one day after the incident, on suspicion of murder. Police said he had a wound to his arm.

Gerace, who works at the store, devised a plan.

Don Kohles, 91, was walking into the supermarket when he saw a vehicle being chased by police crash into a pole just outside.

Here's a recap and the latest information about Saturday's gunbattle and standoff between police and a gunman at the Trader Joe's on Hyperion Avenue. Kohles hurried inside, and he and others took cover as the man ran in. "They helped carry me across the parking lot and they sort of tossed me over a wall", Mr Kohles added.

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.

Photos posted on social media showed people trying to exit the supermarket through a window and video from television news helicopters showed others leaving through the front door with their hands up.

"She appeared lifeless", Dunlop said. I look around and I see a TJ's employee laying on the ground. At least one officer returned fire.

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"I don't yet know what other charges he will face", Madison said. I see them all the time.

"Our hearts are broken over what happened today", the statement said.

Officers had tracked the auto using a stolen-vehicle tracking system and tried to stop the man in Hollywood, but he refused to pull over, Moore said.

"Duck down! Duck down!" an officer shouted at her. Officers escorted the girlfriend from the vehicle.

He says the situation is still unfolding and it isn't clear if employees are still inside the store.

After around three hours the man emerged after being persuaded to give himself up and walk out in handcuffs.

Police were able to locate him in the Hollywood area via the car's LoJack system, KCBS reported.

About three hours after he took hostages in the store, the suspect surrendered.

Atkins' grandmother was hospitalized in critical condition after the shooting and police had no update on her condition Sunday. He had crashed a vehicle nearby after firing multiple rounds at officers pursuing him, police said. During the chase, the suspect fired at officers, shooting out the back window of his auto. It is unclear if she died from police gunfire or was killed by the gunman. "She was a light", said customer Cedi Ali Rajah.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman David Ortiz said earlier that a different female in "stable condition" had been taken to the hospital. None had been shot and all were in fine condition, the AP reports.

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