An armed man with possible hostages was holding police at bay from the Trader Joe’s supermarket in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles Saturday.
The incident began at 1:30 p.m. when the suspect shot his grandmother and another woman on 32nd Street in South Los Angeles, Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department‘s Media Relations Section said.
The suspect — described as a male black in his late teens — fled in a 2015 Toyota Camry which officers located in Hollywood and began to pursue, Lopez said.
The man fired multiple rounds at police during the chase, but none were injured, Lopez said.
An officer-involved shooting occurred, he said.
The suspect then crashed into a pole in front of the Trader Joe’s in the 2700 block of Hyperion Avenue, and fled inside, Lopez said.
There was no confirmation the suspect was wounded.
Police removed a 20-year-old woman from the crashed car outside the Trader Joe’s and she was taken to a hospital in fair condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Margaret Stewart said. The extent of her injuries were not disclosed.
A throng of law enforcement and fire and rescue personnel converged on the Trader Joe’s at about 4 p.m.
Firefighters staged nearby prepared to treat and transport possible patients.
SWAT officers surrounding the store have assisted multiple people in climbing from a second floor window of the Trader Joe’s on a rope ladder.
— City News Service
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