Los Angeles police arrested a man who had barricaded himself in a supermarket after a chase. The madman killed a woman in the store during a hostage-taking, he is also suspected of shooting his girlfriend and grandmother.
“I regret to inform you that there was a death inside [the store],” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
At least one other person has been injured and taken to hospital, but there is no fear for his life, according to Fire Department spokesman David Ortiz.
The 28-year-old, whose identity has yet to be revealed, had fled to a Trader Joe’s in the Silver Lake area. After taking guests hostage for nearly three hours, he walked out of the supermarket. The police then surrounded him, searched him and led him to an ambulance. He was injured on the arm.
At least 18 ambulances and 100 firefighters were dispatched to the scene, the authorities said.
According to a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, Mike Lopez, the man had just opened fire on his grandmother and a woman in two different areas of the city when he was confronted by police officers.
During the prosecution, the individual would have shot several times without reaching one. At least one policeman fought back.
The individual crushed his vehicle against a pole outside a crowded supermarket before rushing into the building.
The man who was in contact by phone with the police tried to negotiate his surrender, the mayor said. He was surrounded by police when he left the building.
Several customers were able to flee the store. Among them, a 91-year-old man who told that he was walking in the Trader Joe’s when a car sued by the police had an accident.
He added that the officers fired at the driver and smashed the shop windows. Several clients then hid, others went to the ground. The suspect walked to the back of the shop while shouting.
Other witnesses reported that clients managed to exit the building through a side window and down a ladder.
Authorities have indicated that the area remains closed to traffic while the police can do their job. An investigation is underway.
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