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

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Police have surrounded the store where the shooter is hiding

A suspect was barricaded inside a supermarket in the United States city of Los Angeles on Saturday, police said, in what U.S. media reported was a possible hostage situation.

A woman has been killed after a man who shot his grandmother and girlfriend crashed his vehicle during a police chase and took hostages inside a supermarket.

The gunman was apprehended, and his grandmother was in critical condition at a hospital, the Times reported. The hostage situation came to an end through the help of crisis negotiators at about 6:30 p.m., approximately three hours after the ordeal began.

They say they chased the auto and exchanged gunfire with the man, who crashed into a pole outside the supermarket and then ran inside.

Armed officers stormed the outlet and pushed towards the back of the store where the suspected had barricaded himself in a separate room. All six, including a 12-year-old boy, are in fair condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

Don Kohles was walking into the Trader Joe's in the city's Silver Lake section Saturday afternoon when a auto being chased by police crashed into a pole just outside.

"There is still an active police incident at the #TraderJoes near the intersection of Hyperion Ave and Griffith Park Blvd", the LAPD tweeted.

#UPDATE: We have successfully taken the suspect into custody without incident. An LAPD source said she was the store manager.

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Photos posted on social media showed people trying to exit the supermarket through a window and video from television news helicopters showed others leaving through the front door with their hands up.

The auto was equipped with LoJack tracking technology, which police used to locate the suspect, officials said.

An unidentified woman sits next to witnesses on a sidewalk after a gunman barricaded himself inside a Trader Joe's in Los Angeles Saturday, July 21, 2018.

Police were responding to a report of a shooting at the Trader Joe's near Hyperion Avenue and Silver Lake Boulevard in Silver Lake Saturday afternoon.

Police said the suspect, who is in his late teens, shot his grandmother and a younger woman earlier in the day elsewhere. During the chase, he fired at officers, shooting out the back window of his vehicle.

The woman senselessly shot to death in a Los Angeles Trader Joe's was the store's beloved manager, according to reports. The employee did not appear to be hurt, Kohles said.

Corado was killed by the gunman inside the store at some point during the standoff, police told the Los Angeles Times. "I hid behind a retaining wall with three cops until they had me crawl out", wrote Field, whose Twitter account identifies him as a writer for the Jimmy Kimmel Live TV show. Customers ran out of the store, he added.

President Trump tweeted that he's "watching Los Angeles possible hostage situation very closely".

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