Reports of shots fired at Silver Lake Trader Joe’s

SWAT teams surrounded the store in the Silver Lake neighbourhood

Image SWAT teams surrounded the store in the Silver Lake neighbourhood

A suspected gunman being pursued by police reportedly fired shots and went into a Trader Joe's store in Los Angeles on Saturday, where he barricaded himself in and may have taken hostages, local media reported. Officer Mike Lopez, a police spokesman, says the man had fled from the scene after the Saturday afternoon shooting in South Los Angeles. The suspect's girlfriend was reportedly inside the vehicle with him.

"There is still an active police incident at the #TraderJoes", LAPD police tweeted, urging the public to stay clear of the area. Authorities are trying to communicate with the suspect to try to bring the situation to a peaceful conclusion, police said.

Some people escaped by climbing out of windows
Image Some people escaped by climbing out of windows

A MAN is holding people hostage inside a Los Angeles supermarket after shooting his girlfriend.

The suspect's auto crashed next to the store and he opened fire on the officers chasing him, before entering the premises as shoppers ran for cover, the Los Angeles Times said. Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart indicated that a female, 20, was transferred to the hospital with injuries, according to CNN.

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She said employees eventually let shoppers out.

One tweet showed people attempting to exit the Trader Joe's out a window.

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Aerial video shot from a helicopter showed armed officers carrying shields and a man walking out with his hands up.

This is a developing story.

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