A suspect who barricaded himself inside a Trader Joe's store at Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake and held multiple people hostage has been taken into custody, Los Angeles police said Saturday.
„We have successfully taken the suspect into custody without incident. The situation remains fluid as officers move forward clearing the location.”A woman, who was a Trader Joe’s employee, was killed. Authorities said the ordeal began with "a family dispute," during which the unidentified suspect allegedly shot his grandmother and another woman. Police confirmed that the suspect, who is in his late teens, held "multiple victims hostage" at the store before he was apprehended. In the three-hour hostage negotiation, between 40 and 50 others were trapped inside the store.
The suspect allowed some to leave while others sneaked out, and some reportedly crawled out of windows. The Los Angeles Fire Department sent 18 ambulances and 100 firefighters at the scene. President Donald Trump earlier tweeted that he was monitoring the standoff "very closely." He later deleted the tweet. Finally, the suspect asked officers for handcuffs, an LAPD source said. He cuffed himself and then turned himself in. The suspect's grandmother was still alive Saturday night but was undergoing surgeries and was in critical condition. Six other people were transported to the hospital with injuries, including the suspect. All six, including a 12-year-old boy, are in fair condition with non-life-threatening injuries. The identity of the suspect was not disclosed.