Trader Joe’s store manager shot dead during police standoff in California
By Christen Smith
LAPD responds to a hostage situation at Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake, California on Saturday, July 21, 2018. (Photo: LAPD/Twitter)
A store manager at a Trader Joe’s in southern California was shot dead this weekend during a three-hour standoff with police.
Melyda Corado died after an armed man fleeing law enforcement barricaded himself inside the grocery store in Silver Lake on 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 Chief Michel Moore via Twitter. “Our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with all effected by this senseless incident.”
It’s unclear whether Atkins or an officer shot Corado, Moore told local media outlets, though he confirmed she suffered the fatal injury while escaping the store along with other trapped employees and shoppers.
Atkins’s crime spree began hours earlier, Moore said, when he shot his grandmother multiple times during a heated argument