Woman Killed, Man Arrested Following LA Supermarket Standoff

The suspect had been chased by police after shooting his grandmother and injuring another young woman.

What you need to know
  • A 28-year-old man is in custody following a police chase and an almost four-hour long standoff at a Los Angeles supermarket
  • The man allegedly shot his grandmother at a home in Newton, south LA, about 1.30pm on Saturday
  • He fled the scene in his grandmother's car with another woman, who was also injured
  • Police chased the suspect until he crashed his car and stormed a Trader Joe's store in Silver Lake with up to 40 people inside
  • One woman was shot and killed inside the store

A woman was killed inside a Los Angeles supermarket where a suspected gunman took several hostages, including children, authorities have said.

The suspect, aged 28, was taken into custody following an almost four-hour standoff  at the Trader Joe's store in Silver Lake on Saturday.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told media the suspect walked out of the store wearing handcuffs, with a cluster of four hostages, before he surrendered to police.

Up to 50 people were inside when the suspect stormed the store after crashing his car on Saturday afternoon following a police pursuit.

Garcetti confirmed one woman was killed, while police were continuing to identify other hostages.

"I regret to inform you that there is one fatality that occurred inside ... she was pulled out by the police department from the store," the mayor said.

Emergency services treated the woman but she died at the scene.

Trader Joe's workers embrace at the scene. Image: AAP

"I'm hurting, because of the loss of life that we have had," Garcetti said.

Authorities say the suspect was involved in a "family dispute" where he shot his grandmother up to seven times in Newton, in south Los Angeles, about 1.30pm on Saturday.

Another woman, reported to be his girlfriend, was also injured in the attack.

The suspect then fled the scene in his grandmother's  vehicle, taking the woman with him.

Police commenced a pursuit after attempting to stop the vehicle, during which time Garcetti said the gunman fired at officers "multiple times".

The pursuit ended at Trader Joe's where the suspect crashed his vehicle into a telegraph pole before storming the store.

"Once inside the store, the gunman -- still armed with a handgun -- took a number of victims and store employees hostage," Garcetti said.

The scene remains an active police investigation. Image: CBS

Over the next three hours, Garcetti said a "slow but steady" stream of hostages were released -- either those who had hid inside and were rescued by police officers, or those the suspect himself released.

Vision from local media, including a CBS helicopter,  showed people leaving a store window and police carrying children to safety through a parking lot.

Negotiations with the suspect over the phone led to him surrendering  to police three hours later.

"The heroism that was shown today was second to none," Garcetti said.

A 20-year-old woman who was removed from the suspect's vehicle has been taken to hospital for treatment.

Witness Dan Zito told local media he was just metres away when the suspect crashed his car.

"(The suspect) jumped out of the car and it looked like he shot some rounds off when he got out," Zito said."And (the police) returned some fire at him, but he ran straight in (to the Trader Joe's)."

Don Kohles, 91, told the Associated Press he was among those who took cover inside, laying on the floor as the suspect entered. He said he was towards the back of the store yelling at others inside but did not hear any further gunshots.

The area, including the supermarket, remains closed as police continue investigations.

With CBS, AP.