Shooting, possible hostage situation at LA Trader Joe's

Possible hostage situation at Los Angeles-area Trader Joe's

Pursuit ends in hostage situation at LA grocery store

Events began with a shooting in the 1600 block of 32nd Street around 1:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. ET) in which an elderly woman and a young woman were victims, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez told CNN. The suspect's girlfriend was reportedly inside the vehicle with him.

Prior to the standoff at the grocery store, the suspect allegedly shot his grandmother and girlfriend before fleeing in his vehicle, CBS Los Angeles reported citing a police source.

Lopez says the man crashed outside of a Trader Joe's supermarket in Silver Lake and then ran into the store. No officers were injured. LAPD is confirming that it is a "active barricaded suspect" incident. An active tac-alert has been declared to ensure all resources necessary will be available.

A large number of police and rescue personnel were responding to a Los Angeles supermarket, amid numerous media reports of possible gunshots.

Police said SWAT resources were onsite cautioned the public to avoid the area around the store located at the intersection of Hyperion Ave and Griffith Park Boulevard in Silver Lake. Los Angeles Fire Department officials said a 20-year-old woman was transported in fair condition. He said it isn't clear if employees are still inside the store.

"We are on standby and prepared to support but no confirmation how many patients may be inside", Stewart added.

Police officers were seen carrying children from the scene of the shooting while terrified shoppers escaped the Trader Joe's store through a side window and down a ladder.

This story is developing.

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