USA police surround barricaded armed suspect at Trader Joe's supermarket in California


Police officers guard a supermarket with a barricaded suspect in Silverlake, Los Angeles, on July 21, 2018.

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

"There is an active police incident at the Trader Joe's near the intersection of Hyperion Ave and Griffith Park Blvd in #Silverlake".

Officers were able to track the auto using LoJack - a stolen vehicle tracking system - and officers tried to stop the auto in Hollywood, but the man refused to pull over, Moore said.

After three hours, negotiators were able to persuade the suspect to come out peacefully, and he walked out alongside four hostages with their hands up.

The suspect, described by police and witnesses as an African-American male, fled in a 2015 Toyota Camry, taking the younger victim with him.

At least six people, ranging from age 12 to 81, who were held hostage were treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

According to Los Angeles Police Dept. (LAPD) officials, the suspect's grandmother was shot seven times and was in grave condition early this evening after undergoing multiple surgeries. He looked back at the street and saw two police officers shooting at the man. He had crashed a vehicle he was driving nearby after firing multiple rounds at officers pursuing him, police said.

It is understood some customers and staff ran out of Trader Joe's at Silver Lake.

Don Kohles, 91, was walking into the supermarket when he saw a auto being chased by police crash into a pole just outside.

"My wife and I shopped here nearly weekly when we lived near here", said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who, along with new LAPD Chief Michel Moore and Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu, held a news conference at the scene around 7 p.m. shortly after the gunman finally surrendered.

Authorities said Atkins fired at officers during the pursuit and that they returned gunfire after he crashed and ran into the Trader Joe's. Meanwhile, police removed the female passenger in the vehicle, who had a graze wound, from the scene.

Aerial video showed officers carrying a injured person of the store and carrying children out from the store to safety.

The woman killed at the store was identified as Melyda Corado by relatives, who said she worked there as a manager.

SWAT teams are on scene at the Trader's Joe supermarket.

A Trader Joe's employee is dead and a wounded suspect is in custody after a standoff in Los Angeles stretched over several tense hours Saturday before the gunman's surrender.

Customers ran out of the store when the armed man burst in.

"She appeared lifeless", Dunlop said. Employees snuck out through back emergency exits.

President Trump tweeted Saturday that he was watching the situation "very closely", but later deleted the tweet.