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Woman killed, suspect held in Los Angeles supermarket siege

International Desk |
Update: 2018-07-22 12:16:09 AM
Woman killed, suspect held in Los Angeles supermarket siege
Police chase a suspect from Hollywood to Silver Lake, outside the Trader Joe's (Photo: collected)

Los Angeles police arrested a suspect on Saturday evening after a gunman barricaded himself inside a supermarket, sending shoppers fleeing in terror. 

Armed officers in body armour surrounded the store using mirrors to glimpse inside and help people to safety. 

"We have successfully taken the suspect into custody without incident," said Los Angeles police on Twitter, ending an hours long stand-off.

One woman was killed inside the supermarket, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

It began when a suspect being chased by police after an earlier shooting crashed his vehicle before running into a Trade Joe's store in the Silverlake neighbourhood.

Police said the 28-year-old was suspected of shooting his grandmother and a second woman in a family dispute, before taking off with the woman in his grandmother's car.

TV footage showed police officers helping customers climb out of the windows of the supermarket as they surrounded the entrance.

"We can confirm that there is an active barricaded suspect within a Trader Joe's in Silverlake," the Los Angeles Police Department wrote on its official Twitter account.

Donald Trump, who is staying at his New Jersey golf club, said he was monitoring the unfolding incident.

Source: The Guardian

BDST: 1015 HRS, JUL 22, 2018

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