Los Angeles police report possible hostage situation at Trader Joe’s

Los Angeles police report possible hostage situation at Trader Joe’s

Los Angeles police have reported a possible hostage situation at a Trader Joe's grocery store in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted there was an "active incident" at a Trader Joe's in the Silver Lake area. Los Angeles police said the incident started with a shooting in the 1600 block of 32nd Street.

The suspect's auto crashed next to the store and he opened fire on the officers chasing him, before entering the premises as shoppers ran for cover, the Los Angeles Times said.

A woman believed to have been shot was dragged away from the entry while unconscious.

Some witnesses took to social media.

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Prior to the standoff at the grocery store, the suspect allegedly shot his grandmother and girlfriend before fleeing in his auto, CBS Los Angeles reported citing a police source. The public is urged to avoid the area of Hyperion Avenue and Griffith Park Boulevard as an investigation continues.

It was unclear how many hostages remained in the store or if any shoppers or employees were hurt, but TV footage showed police tending to one person who appeared to be injured.

Aerial video shot from a helicopter showed armed officers carrying shields outside the store and a man walking out with his hands up.

Officers opened fire on the vehicle and then a pursuit ensued, police said.

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