Suspect Cuffs Himself After Three-Hour Stand-Off
It all started at 1:30 PM PST when 28-year-old Gene Evin Atkins opened fire on his grandmother, hitting her a reported seven times, leading the police on a car chase with an unidentified female, presumed to be his girlfriend at this time. He shot through the back windshield of his car in an attempt to shoot the officers in pursuit.
The chase ended when the shooter crashed into a pole in the vicinity of the Trader Joe’s on the 2700 block of Hyperion Avenue. He was wounded in his left arm at the time he arrived at the store. He entered the store and barricaded himself inside, which started the hostage situation in the midst of the shootout. An estimated 40 to 50 patrons of the store and employees were ducking for cover.
A SWAT team with a Bearcat vehicle (left), 18 Ambulances and around 100 firefighters were on the scene. Sharpshooters were deployed to rooftops surrounding the store.
The stand-off, which lasted three hours, resulted in the death of the store manager, Melyda Corado.
It is not determined at this time if the fatal shot came from the suspect or the police. It is generally believed she was caught in the cross-fire while trying to take cover. Miss Corado passed away at the scene. The grandmother, who’s name has not been disclosed at the time of this post, is in critical condition at a Los Angeles Hospital. During the three-hour incident, officers were able to rescue many of the hostages, but a firm count of how many has not been confirmed as many of the people in the store were trying to exit through alternate means when the shooting began.
The shooter cuffed himself, ending the situation and is being held on a bail totaling $2 Million.
There will be a follow-up post when more information becomes available. This is an ongoing investigation.
Our hearts and prayers go out the to Corado Family for their loss, and we hope the shooter’s grandmother makes a full recovery.
Until next time,
Anissa “Maddy” Mathias