Gunman walks out of LA Trader Joe's in handcuffs and surrounded by hostages at the end of a terrifying siege which left one person DEAD and started 'after he shot his grandmother and girlfriend'
- A suspect being chased by police fled into a Trader Joe's after firing at officers
- Police helped customers, employees sneak out of store, some were released
- Gunman, 28, gave himself up to police about three hours into the siege
- He left surrounded by hostages, but in handcuffs he had requested from officers
- A young woman was killed in the hostage situation, Mely Corado
- Mely worked at store for four years. Her brother confirmed her death on Twitter
- The suspect is believed to have shot his grandmother and held girlfriend hostage
- When he crashed his car after police pursuit, he shot her and fled into the shop
- There are believed to have been as many as 50 people inside the supermarket
A woman was shot dead when a 28-year-old man stormed a Trader Joe's in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon and held hostages for three hours before surrendering to police.
The woman, Mely Corado, was killed early into the hostage situation, police told reporters on Saturday night, and was the only fatality of the day. Mely had worked at Trader Joe's since 2014.
LAPD sources told ABC7 Mely was the store manager.
The gunman allegedly shot his grandmother 'up to seven times' before fleeing in her car with a woman believed to be his girlfriend, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
Garcetti said the suspect got into an argument with his grandmother about 1.30pm, and the woman believed to be his girlfriend, who was 'forcibly taken' with him, was also injured but is expected to survive.
The man's grandmother was transported to hospital in 'grave condition', has undergone several surgeries and remains in a critical condition, LAPD Chief Michael Moore said.
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When the man fled the scene of the first alleged shooting, police caught up to him, and he shot at officers multiple times. Police chased him from Hollywood into Silverlake, where he crashed outside the shop, shot his girlfriend, and ran inside.
The vehicle was seen wrapped around a pole and police rescued the 20-year-old woman left inside. Her injuries have not been confirmed, but are believed to include a gunshot wound, KTLA reported.
Law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times the woman is his girlfriend, and he had fired at officers, who fired back, before he ran inside the supermarket.
LAPD told KCAL the man had shot his grandmother and girlfriend about 1.30pm, before fleeing the Hollywood scene in a 2015 Toyota Camry and arriving at the supermarket before 3.30pm
When he did surrender to police just after 6.30pm, the man emerged with handcuffs on and with four hostages, as was previously agreed to in negotiations between the man and LAPD, ABC reported.
Law enforcement spent hours working to evacuate employees and customers, including small children, with at least one person seen fleeing with injuries.
While many were seen fleeing from the supermarket, it is believed there were still as many as 30 people inside just after 4pm.
Mayor Garcetti confirmed to reporters the man had been in contact with LAPD during the hostage situation, and initially had 40-50 customers and employees in the store with him.
'A slow and steady stream of people who had hidden and were helped by LAPD to escape, or people who were released by the hostage taker [were seen leaving the store],' he said.
The gunman was injured in his left arm during his shootout with police, and NBC reported towards the end of the hostage situation, people he had forcibly taken were helping him with his wounds.
Devin Field said on Twitter he was about to enter the Trader Joe's when the man's car crashed into a street lamp outside.
'I was walking in when he crashed into the entrance and got out shooting,' he said.
'I ducked behind the four-foot retaining wall in the parking lot and three LAPD officers ran over, knelt behind it right next to me and opened fire.'
Field says others who had been evacuated said the gunman 'walked in shooting', demanded a jumper and a phone, and moved the remaining hostages to the back of the store.
An employee told him there was 'blood all over the floor', but they did not know where it'd come from. He says another employee said one Trader Joe's worker was shot in the arm.
Field's account has not been confirmed by any official sources.
Don Kohles , 91, was also walking into the Trader Joe’s when the suspect crashed his car into the street pole.
He says police fired at the male driver and shattered the store’s glass doors. Kohles says he and others inside took cover and laid on the floor as the suspect ran inside.
He says the man ran toward the back of the store and yelled at people inside but he never heard any more gunshots.
The elderly man said he was terrified and others around him were sobbing. After about 30 minutes, he says police came him and rushed them outside.
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Cops raid a North Carolina daycare center and find more than 100lbs of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and GUNS
· Police raided a daycare in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Tuesday and seized a massive stash of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, cash and firearms
· They also found cookies and gummy bears laced with marijuana
· Daycare owners Reshod J Everett and Victoria L Everett have been arrested
· The bust was part of a months-long drug investigation
· Alvin Davis III, 27, was also arrested in connection with the investigation
A massive stash of marijuana, cocaine and heroin has been seized from a daycare in North Carolina, authorities say.
Fayetteville police raided Tori's Playhouse on Tuesday and found cookies and gummy bears laced with marijuana along with six guns, 100lbs of pot, more than a half kilo of cocaine and an ounce of heroin.
The couple that ran the daycare, Reshod J Everett and Victoria L Everett, have been arrested on drug charges along with a third person, 27-year-old Alvin Davis III.
Officials said officers waited until all of the children at the center had gone home before carrying out the raid.
'We don't have any information that would lead up to believe any children got their hands on an of this stuff at all,' Lt Douglas Nicolosi said.
Nicolosi has overseen the Fayetteville Police Department's Gang Unit's investigation, which began several months ago and is ongoing.
Officers reportedly returned to the home Thursday night to conduct a follow-up search.
Across the 36-hour bust police seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana, 10 firearms, $70,000 in cash and an Audi Q7 SUV.
Reshod Everett has been charged with trafficking in marijuana by possession, trafficking in marijuana by manufacturing, trafficking in cocaine by manufacturing, conspiring to traffic in cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for keeping and selling a controlled substance, trafficking in heroin by possession, trafficking in heroin by manufacturing, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and conspiracy to traffic heroin.
He was being held at Cumberland County Detention Center under $430,000 bond.
Victoria Everett is charged with trafficking in marijuana by possession, trafficking in heroin by possession, trafficking in heroin by manufacturing, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for keeping and selling a controlled substance and conspiracy to traffic in heroin.
She is also being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center under $287,000 bond.
Davis was also arrested Monday in connection with the investigation and is facing two counts of trafficking marijuana, two counts of trafficking cocaine, two counts of conspiracy to trafficking, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances and carrying a concealed weapon.
It was not immediately clear if or how he is related to the couple.