Trader Joe’s closes Silver Lake store indefinitely after shooting
By Christen Smith
Hundreds of notes and flowers have been left at the Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake as a tribute to the store manager who was killed in a hostage standoff and shooting on Saturday. (Photo: KABC)
Trader Joe’s will keep its location in Silver Lake, California closed until further notice after a gunman shot and killed a manager over the weekend.
Officials for the grocery chain released a statement Sunday calling the incident “terrifying and unimaginable” and “the saddest day in Trader Joe’s history.”
“Our Silver Lake store will remain closed until further notice to give our crew members time to process yesterday’s events,” the company said. “We will continue to do whatever we can to support them.”
Melyda Corado died after an armed man fleeing law enforcement barricaded himself inside the grocery store Saturday afternoon, taking hostages and trading shots with officers parked outside. The Los Angeles Police Department took the man, later identified as 28-year-old Gene Atkins, into custody in lieu of a $2 million bail Saturday evening.
“The destructive and tragic consequences one person can inflict are at the forefront of our minds tonight, as is the valor and dedication of our men and women who strived to protect so many innocent people,” said LAPD