Gunman arrested after deadly LA hostage standoff

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By Alice Cuddy  with Reuters
Gunman arrested after deadly LA hostage standoff

Police in Los Angeles have arrested a gunman who took hostages and barricaded himself inside a grocery store on Saturday for three hours, fatally shooting a woman inside.

Gene Atkins, 28, is being held on a € 1,704,672 million bail on suspicion of murder for Saturday's attacks, said a police spokesman. 

The 28-year-old man, who was being chased by police after he was suspected of repeatedly shooting his grandmother and another woman in a separate part of the city, crashed his car outside Trader Joe’s, where he exchanged gunfire with police and entered the store.

Atkins gave himself up after a three-hour standoff and was taken into custody.

“Inside the Trader Joe’s the suspect shot a female victim. She was pronounced dead at scene,” police said on Twitter.

The woman, who has not yet been identified, was a Trader Joe's employee.

Police said the area surrounding the supermarket would be shut down until around noon on Sunday as investigations continue.

Police Chief Michel Moore paid his respects to those affected.

"The destructive and tragic consequences one person can inflict are at the forefront of our minds tonight", he wrote on Twitter.

"Our thoughts, prayers & hearts are with all effected by this senseless incident."

Trader Joe's has put out a statement about the incident:

"Our hearts are broken over what happened today. This has been an incredible trauma, and our thoughts are with our Crew Members and customers. Our focus is on doing whatever we can to support them at this time. We appreciate everything Los Angeles law enforcement did to ensure an end to this ordeal."