Shooting at Trader Joes in Los Angeles. Increased security presence.
A man suspected of holding dozens of people hostage at a Trader Joe's store, resulting in a woman's death, was being held on $2 million bond and is expected to be charged with murder, police said Sunday. Police said the woman was killed Saturday after the suspect, identified Sunday as Gene Evin Atkins, 28, got into a gunbattle with pursuing officers, entered the store in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles and engaged in a three-hour standoff before surrendering.
The gunman took more than 40 employees and customers hostage, police said Sunday. During the standoff, people were released or escaped the building, and the suspect eventually surrendered by asking police for handcuffs, putting them on, and then exiting the store with several other people at around 6:30 p.m.
Throughout the more than three-hour standoff, there were hostages both released and saved by the LAPD. Police helped those trapped inside escape through other exits as the situation was ongoing.