A TraderJoe's employee is comforted after a suspect barricaded inside the supermarket in Silverlake, Los Angeles, on July 21, 2018. (PHOTO: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A police pursuit that ended at a Silver Lake, California Trader Joe's resulted in a hostage situation and a suspect barricading himself inside a store for more than three hours Saturday afternoon NBC 4 reported. The suspect was eventually taken into custody after police negotiated his surrender and the release of several hostages.
Police say the pursuit of the suspect began in Hollywood in connection over a shooting incident that occurred around 1:30 p.m. in South Los Angeles. Two victims, an elderly woman and a woman in her 20s, were found there after a family dispute was reported in the 1600 block of 32nd Street.
Police pursued the suspect in his grandmother's 2015 Toyota Camry through Hollywood, until the chase ended up outside the Trader Joe's at the intersection of Hyperion Ave and Griffith Park Blvd. That's when the suspect then crashed into a street lamp in front of the store and the officer-involved shooting began. The gunman then allegedly shot a female passenger who was in the car with him, and fired on police before retreating into the store.
The woman passenger in the car was taken to the hospital in fair condition Los Angeles Fire Department's Margaret Stewart said.
Video from the scene appeared to show several people being evacuated from the Silver Lake Trader Joe's, including several children who were seen being carried out by officers. At least one person was taken out of the store with injuries, needing immediate medical attention.
After more than two hours of negotiation, police were able to convince the man to handcuff himself, and release the remaining hostages.
SWAT vehicles were in position and an emergency triage center was set up at a nearby location in case they were needed.
#UPDATE: We have successfully taken the suspect into custody without incident. The situation remains fluid as officers move forward clearing the location.— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 22, 2018
There is an active police incident at the Trader Joe’s near the intersection of Hyperion Ave and Griffith Park Blvd in #Silverlake. Please stay clear of the area. A Public Information Officer is responding and more information will be released as it becomes available.— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 21, 2018
Police pulled a woman from the car that led police on a chase starting in the Hollywood area. The driver barricaded himself inside a Trader Joes’ in Silver Lake, with multiple shots being fired at the scene. Live updates: https://t.co/TxoO6jcdJA pic.twitter.com/4AXtmh735B— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) July 21, 2018
Officers rescued a group of children after an armed suspect opened fire and barricaded himself inside a Trader Joe’s in the Hollywood area. Live updates: https://t.co/tbjgPmD5iq pic.twitter.com/873SgyQwsj— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) July 21, 2018
Devin Field, a writer for the Jimmy Kimmel Show tweeted that he was at the Trader Joe's when the suspect crashed into the street lamp in front of the store.
I was at the Silvelake Trader Joe’s but I got out and am fine. I’m with the employees behind the police barricade on Rowena.— Devin Field (@thatdevinfield) July 21, 2018
Employees are saying gunman shot a TJ’s employee in the arm. Another employee dragged her out and the police got her into the ambulance.— Devin Field (@thatdevinfield) July 21, 2018
Just wanna stress I’m only getting bits and pieces from law enforcement and witnesses. Take this all with a grain of salt I’m well away from the area and am not getting much info reliably confirmed— Devin Field (@thatdevinfield) July 21, 2018
President Donald Trump tweeted about the hostage situation saying he was monitoring it closely.
Watching Los Angeles possible hostage situation very closely. Active barricaded suspect. L.A.P.D. working with Federal Law Enforcement.
Watching Los Angeles possible hostage situation very closely. Active barricaded suspect. L.A.P.D. working with Federal Law Enforcement.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2018
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted that they were deploying the Mayor's Crisis Response Team to the scene.
"We're deploying our Mayor’s Crisis Response Team to provide emotional support and resources to victims of #SilverLake #TraderJoes incident. For anyone involved in this incident, the family reunification center is @LAPDHQ Northeast Division at 3353 North San Fernando Road."
We’re deploying our Mayor’s Crisis Response Team to provide emotional support and resources to victims of #SilverLake #TraderJoes incident. For anyone involved in this incident, the family reunification center is @LAPDHQ Northeast Division at 3353 North San Fernando Road.— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) July 22, 2018