LA Police Respond to ‘Active Barricaded Suspect’ at Trader Joe’s

July 21, 2018 Updated: July 22, 2018

An armed man being pursued by police went into a Trader Joe’s store in Los Angeles on July 21, where he barricaded himself in with possible hostages, police said.

The suspect, who was wanted in connection with a separate shooting, crashed a car next to the store and opened fire on the officers chasing him. The suspect then barricaded himself inside the grocery store while shoppers ran for cover, according to Los Angeles police.

Police said the SWAT team has also responded to the incident in the Silver Lake neighborhood.

In an earlier Twitter post, authorities declared an active tactical alert after the suspect barricaded himself inside the store.

Aerial footage from local TV stations NBC Los Angeles and CBS Los Angeles showed people leaving a store window using a rope ladder and police carrying children to safety through a parking lot in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood.

A woman inside the store was shot but able to get out, NBC Los Angeles reported, saying there may be dozens of people still inside the store in safe locations.

The suspect has been shot and is talking with police negotiators, NBC Los Angeles said.

Prior to the standoff at the grocery store, the suspect allegedly shot his grandmother and girlfriend before fleeing in his car, CBS Los Angeles reported citing a police source.

President Donald Trump said he was watching the “possible hostage situation very closely.”

Authorities are urging members of the public to stay clear of the area.

This is a developing story.

Reuters contributed to this report



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