Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles — dozens of hostages freed

A woman was shot and killed when a gunman ran into a busy Los Angeles supermarket where he held dozens of people hostage for about three hours Saturday before handcuffing himself and surrendering to police. No hostages were seriously hurt.

About two hours before taking the hostages, police say the man shot his grandmother seven times and wounded another woman, who he forced into a car. Police chased the vehicle and exchanged gunfire with the man, who crashed into a pole outside the Trader Joe’s in the city’s Silver Lake section and ran inside.

Frightened customers and workers dove for cover as police bullets fired at the suspect shattered the store’s glass doors. Some inside the supermarket climbed out windows and others barricaded themselves in rooms as scores of police and firefighters and 18 ambulances converged on the scene and prepared for mass casualties.

Heavily armed officers in riot gear stood along the side of the store and used mirrors to look inside as hostage negotiators tried to coax the man into freeing his 40 to 50 hostages and surrendering.

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<p>Unidentified Trader Joe’s supermarket employees after being evacuated by Los Angeles Police after a gunman barricaded himself inside a Trader Joe’s store in Los Angeles on Saturday. Police believe a man involved in a standoff at the Los Angeles supermarket shot his grandmother and girlfriend and then fired at officers during a pursuit before he crashed into a utility pole outside the supermarket and ran inside the store. (Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP) </p>
Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles – dozens of hostages freed

Unidentified Trader Joe’s supermarket employees after being evacuated by Los Angeles Police after a gunman barricaded himself inside a Trader Joe’s store in Los Angeles on Saturday. Police believe a man involved in a standoff at the Los Angeles supermarket shot his grandmother and girlfriend and then fired at officers during a pursuit before he crashed into a utility pole outside the supermarket and ran inside the store. (Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP)

<p>Police officers use a mirror to see inside a Trader Joe’s store in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles on Saturday. Police believe a man involved in the standoff with officers shot his grandmother and girlfriend before firing at officers during a pursuit, then crashing outside the supermarket and running inside the store. (Photo: Christian Dunlop via AP) </p>
Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles – dozens of hostages freed

Police officers use a mirror to see inside a Trader Joe’s store in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles on Saturday. Police believe a man involved in the standoff with officers shot his grandmother and girlfriend before firing at officers during a pursuit, then crashing outside the supermarket and running inside the store. (Photo: Christian Dunlop via AP)

<p>Police officers stand guard near a crashed vehicle outside a Trader Joe’s store in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles on Saturday. Police believe a man involved in the standoff with officers shot his grandmother and girlfriend before firing at officers during a pursuit, then crashing outside the supermarket and running inside the store. (Photo: Christian Dunlop via AP) </p>
Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles – dozens of hostages freed

Police officers stand guard near a crashed vehicle outside a Trader Joe’s store in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles on Saturday. Police believe a man involved in the standoff with officers shot his grandmother and girlfriend before firing at officers during a pursuit, then crashing outside the supermarket and running inside the store. (Photo: Christian Dunlop via AP)

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<p>A Los Angeles Police officer carries a child as another runs ahead of him after a pursuit, and the driver ran into a nearby Trader Joe’s supermarket, starting a hostage situation in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles Saturday. (Photo: KNBC-TV via AP) </p>
Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles – dozens of hostages freed

A Los Angeles Police officer carries a child as another runs ahead of him after a pursuit, and the driver ran into a nearby Trader Joe’s supermarket, starting a hostage situation in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles Saturday. (Photo: KNBC-TV via AP)

<p>Los Angeles Police officers remove a woman passenger from a car that crashed after a pursuit, and the driver ran into a nearby Trader Joe’s supermarket, starting a hostage situation in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles on Saturday. (Photo: KNBC-TV via AP) </p>
Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles – dozens of hostages freed

Los Angeles Police officers remove a woman passenger from a car that crashed after a pursuit, and the driver ran into a nearby Trader Joe’s supermarket, starting a hostage situation in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles on Saturday. (Photo: KNBC-TV via AP)

<p>Police and civilians take cover near a Trader Joe’s supermarket where a hostage situation was underway in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles on Saturday. (Photo: KNBC-TV via AP) </p>
Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles – dozens of hostages freed

Police and civilians take cover near a Trader Joe’s supermarket where a hostage situation was underway in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles on Saturday. (Photo: KNBC-TV via AP)

<p>An unidentified Trader Joe’s supermarket employee, center, talks on her phone as Los Angeles Police evacuate a group of witnesses. (Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP) </p>
Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles – dozens of hostages freed

An unidentified Trader Joe’s supermarket employee, center, talks on her phone as Los Angeles Police evacuate a group of witnesses. (Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP)

<p>A Los Angeles Police SWAT team escorts a group of people who were held for their safety across businesses surrounding Trader Joe’s supermarket, after a gunman had barricaded himself inside a Trader Joe’s store in Los Angeles on Saturday. (Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP) </p>
Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles – dozens of hostages freed

A Los Angeles Police SWAT team escorts a group of people who were held for their safety across businesses surrounding Trader Joe’s supermarket, after a gunman had barricaded himself inside a Trader Joe’s store in Los Angeles on Saturday. (Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP)

<p>An unidentified woman is helped by paramedics at a triage area after a gunman barricaded himself inside a Trader Joe’s store in Los Angeles on Saturday. (Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP) </p>
Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles – dozens of hostages freed

An unidentified woman is helped by paramedics at a triage area after a gunman barricaded himself inside a Trader Joe’s store in Los Angeles on Saturday. (Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP)

<p>A Trader Joe’s employee is distraught as he recounts his experience just outside the store where a man held employees hostage and killed one woman in L.A. on Saturday. (Photo: Christian Monterosa via AP) </p>
Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles — dozens of hostages freed

A Trader Joe’s employee is distraught as he recounts his experience just outside the store where a man held employees hostage and killed one woman in L.A. on Saturday. (Photo: Christian Monterosa via AP)

<p>A man is arrested after evading police, holding employees hostage and killing one woman inside of a Treader Joe’s in L.A. on Saturday. (Photo: Christian Monterosa via AP) </p>
Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles — dozens of hostages freed

A man is arrested after evading police, holding employees hostage and killing one woman inside of a Treader Joe’s in L.A. on Saturday. (Photo: Christian Monterosa via AP)

<p>A Trader Joe’s employee weeps after hearing news that a woman was shot and killed inside the store in the Silverlake section of L.A. on Saturday. (Photo: Christian Monterosa via AP) </p>
Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles — dozens of hostages freed

A Trader Joe’s employee weeps after hearing news that a woman was shot and killed inside the store in the Silverlake section of L.A. on Saturday. (Photo: Christian Monterosa via AP)

<p>Police officers guard a supermarket with a barricaded suspect in Silverlake, Los Angeles, on July 21, 2018, – A suspect was barricaded inside a supermarket in the US city of Los Angeles on Saturday, police said, in what US media reported was a possible hostage situation. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles – Dozens of hostages freed

Police officers guard a supermarket with a barricaded suspect in Silverlake, Los Angeles, on July 21, 2018, – A suspect was barricaded inside a supermarket in the US city of Los Angeles on Saturday, police said, in what US media reported was a possible hostage situation. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>a Trader Joes employee hugs her loved ones just outside the store where a man held employees hostage and killed one woman in Silverlake, Calif. on Saturday, July 21, 2018. (Photo: Christian Monterosa via AP) </p>
Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles – Dozens of hostages freed

a Trader Joes employee hugs her loved ones just outside the store where a man held employees hostage and killed one woman in Silverlake, Calif. on Saturday, July 21, 2018. (Photo: Christian Monterosa via AP)

<p>Police officers guard a supermarket with a barricaded suspect in Silverlake, Los Angeles, on July 21, 2018. – A suspect was barricaded inside a supermarket in the US city of Los Angeles on Saturday, police said, in what US media reported was a possible hostage situation. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles – Dozens of hostages freed

Police officers guard a supermarket with a barricaded suspect in Silverlake, Los Angeles, on July 21, 2018. – A suspect was barricaded inside a supermarket in the US city of Los Angeles on Saturday, police said, in what US media reported was a possible hostage situation. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A TraderJoe’s employee is comforted after a suspect barricaded inside the supermarket in Silverlake, Los Angeles, on July 21, 2018. – A suspect was barricaded inside a supermarket in the US city of Los Angeles on Saturday, police said, in what US media reported was a possible hostage situation. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles – Dozens of hostages freed

A TraderJoe’s employee is comforted after a suspect barricaded inside the supermarket in Silverlake, Los Angeles, on July 21, 2018. – A suspect was barricaded inside a supermarket in the US city of Los Angeles on Saturday, police said, in what US media reported was a possible hostage situation. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Police officers and members of the Los Angeles Fire Department escort a woman on a stretcher after a suspect barricaded inside a Trader Joe’s supermarket in Silverlake, Los Angeles, on July 21, 2018. – A suspect wanted in connection with a shooting was barricaded inside a supermarket in the US city of Los Angeles on Saturday, police said, in what US media reported was a possible hostage situation. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles – Dozens of hostages freed

Police officers and members of the Los Angeles Fire Department escort a woman on a stretcher after a suspect barricaded inside a Trader Joe’s supermarket in Silverlake, Los Angeles, on July 21, 2018. – A suspect wanted in connection with a shooting was barricaded inside a supermarket in the US city of Los Angeles on Saturday, police said, in what US media reported was a possible hostage situation. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, looks on before addressing the press after a suspect barricaded inside a Trader Joe’s supermarket in Silverlake, Los Angeles, on July 21, 2018. – A suspect wanted in connection with a shooting was barricaded inside a supermarket in the US city of Los Angeles on Saturday, police said, in what US media reported was a possible hostage situation. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly supermarket standoff in Los Angeles – Dozens of hostages freed

Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, looks on before addressing the press after a suspect barricaded inside a Trader Joe’s supermarket in Silverlake, Los Angeles, on July 21, 2018. – A suspect wanted in connection with a shooting was barricaded inside a supermarket in the US city of Los Angeles on Saturday, police said, in what US media reported was a possible hostage situation. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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