According to CNN, Los Angeles police reported that a police chase ended in a Hollywood shopping center, as a suspect barricaded himself inside a Silver Lake Trader Joe’s and possibly took hostages.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, a man who shot his grandmother and girlfriend in South L.A. around 1:30 p.m. had fled the scene in a 2015 Toyota Camry. LAPD Officer Mike Lopez told CNN that he crashed his car, got out of the vehicle, and ran into the Trader Joe’s location on Hyperion Avenue.
NBC 4 Los Angeles reported that they spoke to a witness, Dan Zito, who explained what he saw.
“He jumped out of the car and it looked like he shot some rounds off when he got out of the car. And they returned some fire at him, but he ran straight in.”
Officer Lopez said customers ran out of the Trader Joe’s and it is not clear whether or not any hostages remain in the building with the suspect.
The LAPD spoke to local news teams from KABC -TV, according to Deadline, and said that LAPD is confirming that this is an “active barricaded suspect” incident and that a tactical alert has been declared.
“The suspect fled officers in Hollywood in a 2015 Toyota Camry four-door sedan. The vehicle was later found with the suspect driving in Hollywood. Officers shot up the vehicle and then went in pursuit. During the pursuit, the suspect fired multiple rounds at officers. There were no injuries suffered there. A suspect entered Trader Joe’s after crashing into a pole outside the store. Police cannot confirm whether there are any hostages inside.”
According to a statement from Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart, a 20-year-old female recovered from a vehicle has been transferred to the hospital and remains in fair condition.
“We are on standby and prepared to support but no confirmation how many patients may be inside,” she said.
The LAPD Twitter account has been providing updates.
Witnesses and shoppers who got out of the store are now tweeting updates. One stated that there are hostages inside the store, and that the gunman asked to talk to a negotiator after moving people to the rear of the store.
NBC4 posted a video on Twitter showing officers rescuing a group of children and carrying them to safety.
It is believed that 20 to 30 more people may still be held hostage inside the Trader Joe’s.
This story has been updated in a new piece reported by Inquisitr.