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2018 Trader Joe's Hostage Incident

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2018 Trader Joe's Hostage Incident occurred in Los Angeles on July 21, when a suspect, fleeing the police, crashed and ran at 3:30 P.M local time. Fears of a hostage situation arose.[1] Police were involved by 4:00 P.M, and there were reports that the gunman opened fire.[2] A woman was killed during the standoff, as the 28 year old suspect was arrested.[1]

One female hostage was shot by the suspect and killed, and two other victims had gunshot wounds. The suspect's grandmother was shot 7 times and was reported to be in critical condition and another female hostage was shot once in the head.[3][4]

Trader Joe's store employee Melyda Corado was killed.[5]

A brave Trader Joe's employee, Sean Gerace, helped save his co-workers with his rapid thinking.[6]

The Suspect[edit | edit source]

The suspect was described as an African-American male. He opened fire on the police, but no officers were reported injured.[1]

Perpetrator Gene Evin Atkins (28) was arrested, charged with murder, and is being held on $2 million bail.[7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 CNN, Ralph Ellis and AnneClaire Stapleton,. "Woman killed inside Trader Joe's during standoff, Los Angeles mayor says".
  2. Mai-Duc, Richard Winton, Jack Dolan, Harriet Ryan, Christine. "Woman dead, man in custody after gun battle with police at Trader Joe's in Silver Lake". latimes.com.
  3. "Silver Lake Trader Joe's barricade: 1 dead, suspect in custody". July 21, 2018.
  4. CNN, Ralph Ellis and AnneClaire Stapleton,. "Woman killed inside Trader Joe's during standoff, Los Angeles mayor says".
  5. Ellis, Ralph (22 July 2018). "Woman killed inside Trader Joe's during standoff, Los Angeles mayor says". CNN. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  6. https://nypost.com/2018/07/22/trader-joes-employee-helped-save-coworkers-in-hostage-standoff/
  7. "Man in LA Trader Joe's standoff arrested on murder charge". KCCI (Des Monies). AP. 22 July 2018.


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