A woman was shot and killed inside a crowded Trader Joe's store in Los Angeles where a man took hostages and barricaded himself for several hours Saturday afternoon after exchanging gunfire with police at the end of a pursuit.
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said the man, who is approximately 28 years old, was suspected of shooting his grandmother as many as seven times and injuring another woman in a family dispute around 1:30 p.m. in the Newton area of Los Angeles.
The man then fled the location in his grandmother's vehicle, forcibly taking the other female victim with him. Police located the vehicle in Hollywood and initiated a pursuit, which ended outside the Trader Joe's in the Silver Lake neighborhood when the suspect crashed the vehicle.
An officer-involved shooting then occurred and the man fled into the store in the 2700 block of Hyperion Avenue, Moore said.
Moore said police believed the victim was shot "in the initial moments of him exiting the vehicle and the exchange of gunfire."
"Our officers rescued that woman from inside and attempted to render aid with the assistance of LA Fire and unfortunately were unable to revive her," Moore told reporters during a press conference.
The woman was identified as Melyda Corado, the grocery store's 27-year-old manager, according to her family, and reported by ABC News.
The suspect then took numerous customers and store employees hostage and "held them against their will" inside the store, Moore said.
Over the next three hours, emergency responders rescued a number of hostages and the suspect also released some people, Moore said.
The suspect ultimately handcuffed himself and surrendered to officers around 6:30 p.m., officials said.
Los Angeles Fire Department treated the suspect, who suffered an injury to his left arm, at the scene. The woman he pulled into his car was transported to a local hospital and was in good condition.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said there were about 40 to 50 people inside the store when the incident began.
Aerial footage of the store showed police helping people and children flee the store throughout the three-hour standoff.
A Trader Joe's employee was also seen helping others escape through a window and down a ladder near the supermarket's entrance.
"I decided I just didn't want to wait there any longer," the employee, Sean Gerace, told reporters. "I went down the ladder and three of my coworkers followed after and got them out."
Garcetti said he and his wife have lived in the area for many years and shopped at the Silver Lake Trader Joe's store almost weekly.
"Our hearts go out to everybody who has been traumatized, of course, most importantly those employees and those customers of the Trader Joe's that have gone through the last few hours," Garcetti said.
He went on to thank first responders, saying that "the heroism that was shown today was second to none."
"The teams that were able to respond, secure the perimeter, and engage in conversation with the suspect no doubt saved lives today," Garcetti continued.