There are reports of an active shooting incident in Los Angeles, and hostages have been taken.
UPDATE: It sounds like the suspect was being chased by police, he crashed into the store and ran inside. That’s where he took hostages.
UPDATE 5:37 PM PST:
Two people were just released to the police from the Trader Joe’s. Very good sign.
Police say they don’t know how many hostages remain inside.
UPDATE 6:33 PM PST:
More hostages have been released. The suspect was supposed to be handcuffed, he was going to give himself up. They’re not sure what’s going on exactly.
HOLY CRAP – according to local news, the suspect was persuaded by the hostages to give himself up to the police!!! He handed them his gun and they all came out!!! WOW!!
Thank God this was resolved peacefully.
UPDATE 6:35 PM PST:
Oh Lord, this is awful.
A man who is in a standoff with police inside a Trader Joe's in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles is suspected of shooting his grandmother and girlfriend earlier Saturday. https://t.co/nSWNdM1uPZ— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) July 22, 2018
UPDATE 6:42 PM PST
VIDEO of the suspect being taken into custody:
#UPDATE: We have successfully taken the suspect into custody without incident. The situation remains fluid as officers move forward clearing the location.— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 22, 2018
There is an active police incident at the Trader Joe’s near the intersection of Hyperion Ave and Griffith Park Blvd in #Silverlake. Please stay clear of the area. A Public Information Officer is responding and more information will be released as it becomes available.— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 21, 2018
I was just in the middle of a shoot out at Silverlake Trader Joe’s. The shooter was right behind me I saw him crash his car and then get out and shoot and there were 20 cop cars all around and swat team and we just got evacuated and he still in the store apparently.— Tracy Dawson (@DawsonTracy) July 21, 2018
A stranger drove me home because I had to abandon my car at the crime scene.— Tracy Dawson (@DawsonTracy) July 21, 2018
Jesus Christ I was one minute from walking into the store when he opened fire. I'm shaking. I can't stop shaking.— Tracy Dawson (@DawsonTracy) July 21, 2018
My friend is coming over to be with me.— Tracy Dawson (@DawsonTracy) July 21, 2018
Apparently this thread is from a Jimmy Kimmel Live writer:
I’ll update as necessary.
It looks like there are hostages. Some have escaped.
UPDATE: There is still an active police incident at the #TraderJoes near the intersection of Hyperion Ave and Griffith Park Blvd. We are still urging the everyone to stay clear of the area. Due to the fluidity of the incident, we will release information as it becomes available.— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 21, 2018
UPDATE: We can confirm that there is an active barricaded suspect within a #TraderJoes in #Silverlake. An active tac-alert has been declared to ensure all resources necessary will be available. Please continue to stay clear of the area.— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 22, 2018
The suspect is barricaded inside the store.
#BREAKING: LAPD has confirmed the suspect in the Trader Joe's shooting in Silver Lake was involved in a pursuit with police after he allegedly shot his grandmother and girlfriend in South L.A. He crashed a 2015 Toyota Camry into a pole outside the store. #SilverLake #TraderJoes pic.twitter.com/0JE0urybOF— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) July 21, 2018
Texting w my friends hiding #TraderJoes in LA w the active shooter. I won’t share more bc I want them to stay safe.— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) July 22, 2018
They ask us to cover them w prayer, and in her radical love, she is asking that we pray for God to touch the suspect’s heart.
This remains an active shooter scene. There's apparently a bomb squad here, and some residents trying to return home are not being let in yet. Mayor @ericgarcetti and @LAPDHQ to update press within the hour. #traderjoes pic.twitter.com/VfB4LeTldK— Doualy Xaykaothao (@DoualyX) July 22, 2018