LAPD Bullet Killed Trader Joe’s Worker During Silver Lake Hostage Situation

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SILVER LAKE, CA. (THECOUNT) — Melyda Corado, the 27-year-old woman killed in a shootout at a Silver Lake Trader Joe’s, was struck by LAPD gunfire.

Los Angeles police identified the suspect as 28-year-old Gene Evin Atkins. He was booked on suspicion of murder and was being held on $2 million bail. He remained at a local hospital, according to KTLA.


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Family members have identified the woman shot and killed in a Silver Lake Trader Joe’s hostage situation as store employee, Melyda Corado.

A shooting and chase suspect is barricaded inside a Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake with some customers, prompting a tactical alert and major law enforcement response on Saturday.

LAPD officer at a family member reunification station said at least 30 people are trapped inside the popular store.

Police said the suspect is believed to be armed inside the store, located in the 2700 block of Hyperion Avenue.

Los Angeles police said the incident started with a family dispute in the 1600 block of 32nd Street, where the suspect shot his grandmother and another female victim, police said.

The suspect, who’s in his late teens, then fled in his grandmother’s 2015 Toyota Camry, taking the wounded female victim with him.

A pursuit then ensued until the suspect crashed, and an officer-involved shooting occurred.

LAPD HQ UPDATE: We can confirm that there is an active barricaded suspect within a #TraderJoes in #Silverlake. An active tac-alert has been declared to ensure all resources necessary will be available. Please continue to stay clear of the area. source

Police said the suspect fled the vehicle and ran into the Trader Joe’s.

Authorities are trying to communicate with the suspect to try to bring the situation to a peaceful conclusion, police said.

Los Angeles Fire Department officials confirmed another 20-year-old woman was transported in fair condition. It’s unclear what type of injuries she sustained.

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