Suspect Takes Hostages at Los Angeles Trader Joes

Teenage gunman takes hostages and shoots woman dead in supermarket stand-off

One witness has written on social media that he got out of safely and was with employees behind a police barricade.

A woman has been hospitalized in an incident involving a chase suspect believed to be inside a Trader Joe's in the Los Angeles-area Saturday, authorities said.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said a 20-year-old female patient has been transferred to a hospital in fair condition, according to KTLA.

It is understood some customers and staff ran out of Trader Joe's at Silver Lake. Police were still trying to determine whether there are any hostages inside the store. She was removed from a vehicle, not the inside of the store, Stewart said.

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The incident broke out at approximately 3:30 p.m. CBS News reported that the suspect had shot his grandmother and girlfriend in South L.A. before police pursued him to Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake. "Please stay clear of the area", the LAPD tweeted.

Events began with a shooting in the 1600 block of 32nd Street around 1:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. ET) in which an elderly woman and a young woman were victims, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez told CNN.

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. She said a man opened fire and officers fired back.

This is a developing story.

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