Possible hostage situation at Los Angeles-area Trader Joe's

Pursuit ends in hostage situation at LA grocery store

Possible Hostage Situation Reported at Silver Lake Trader Joe’s Store: LAPD

The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted there was an "active incident" at a Trader Joe's in the Silver Lake area.

Los Angeles police have warned the public to stay away from a supermarket in Los Angeles on Saturday evening as they respond to a possible hostage situation. Police did not confirm if the suspect is armed or if there are hostages inside the store, located in the 2700 block of Hyperion Avenue.

The incident began as a pursuit from Hollywood that ended with a vehicle crashing next to the store.

Aerial footage from local TV stations NBC Los Angeles and CBS Los Angeles showed people leaving a store window using a rope ladder and police carrying children to safety through a parking lot in the city's Silver Lake neighborhood.

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An Associated Press employee who lives in the area reported seeing a crashed auto into a utility pole outside the store.

A woman inside the store was shot but able to get out, NBC Los Angeles reported, saying there may be dozens of people still inside the store in safe locations.

One shopper was in front of the store when the pursuit ended. She sought cover behind a retaining wall. She was removed from a vehicle, not the inside of the store, Stewart said.

Another Eastsider reader on Facebook said the police chase went right past her at Hyperion and Rowena.

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