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Deadly LA market shooting started with domestic feud

23 July 2018

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

Christian Dunlop, a real estate agent and actor who lives nearby and frequents the Trader Joe's, was on a corner near the store when he saw four people run out. Other videos showed an employee dragging a person out of the store and employees escaping on a rope ladder outside a window.

Atkins never grew violent toward his grandmother before, Egland said, but she started to grow concerned about him over the last several weeks because he seemed upset and distant. One employee was killed and as many as 50 people were trapped or held hostage in the store for about three hours.

The woman who was injured was taken to the hospital in stable condition, according to David Ortiz, a fire department spokesman, though it was unclear how she was injured. Store employees and customers are remembering the beloved employee with fondness.

Police in Los Angeles are responding to a shooting at a Trader Joe's in the Silver Lake area, according to KCBS.

He asked that he put handcuffs on himself before leaving the shop.

At least one officer is believed to have returned fire, Montgomery said.

The suspect was fleeing from officers in a Toyota Camry after allegedly shooting his girlfriend and his grandmother earlier on Saturday.

The man was fleeing police after a shooting in which an elderly woman and a young woman were victims, Los Angeles police Officer Mike Lopez told CNN.

Lopez said he did not know whether any shots had been fired by the police or suspect. The suspect ran into the store and immediately barricaded himself with as many hostages as he could bunch together, standoff that lasted a full three hour period.

The Los Angeles Police Department identified the suspect as Gene Evin Atkins, whose bail was set at $2 million Sunday, one day after the incident, on suspicion of murder.

He says officers tried to pull the man over and were led on a pursuit.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the incident began as a vehicle chase pursuit from Hollywood that ended with the man's auto crashing next to the Trader Joe's store.

The store remains closed until further notice to give employees time to process the incident, Trader Joe's said in a statement. Garcetti said the woman was shot about seven times. The gunman blew out the car's his rear window while firing at police, officials said.

"After he was inside the store for a little while, they had me crawl away from the scene and run away around the corner", Field said. During that time, the suspect allowed some to leave while others sneaked out.

During the high-speed pursuit, Atkins allegedly fired at officers, shattering the rear window of the vehicle he was driving, police said.

A woman at a supermarket across the street said people inside heard the gunfire and that everyone dived to the floor.

Deadly LA market shooting started with domestic feud