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Suspect charged with murder following hostage standoff inside L.A. Trader Joe’s

July 22, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Suspect charged with murder following hostage standoff inside L.A. Trader Joe’s

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Suspect charged with murder following hostage standoff inside L.A. Trader Joe’s

Los Angeles Police say a suspect who was arrested following Saturday’s hostage standoff inside a supermarket has been charged with murder in connection woth the death of a woman.

LAPD spokesman Officer Drake Madison said 28-year-old Gene Evin Atkins was charged with murder Sunday.

Atkins surrendered Saturday following a three-hour standoff with police at a Trader Joe’s in the Silver Lake neighborhood.

He remains in custody on $2 million bond.

Madison said Atkins shot his grandmother seven times and wounded another woman earlier Saturday.

The woman shot to death The woman shot to death in a Los Angeles Trader Joe’s was identified as the store’s manager Melyda Corado, 27.

The suspect then forced the injured woman into a vehicle and fled before leading police on a high-speed pursuit throughout the city, while exchanging gunfire with officers ABC7 reported.

Atkins crashed the vehicle outside the store and ran inside where he continued to exchange gunfire with police.

A woman was shot and killed as Atkins barricaded himself inside the store.

According to multiple reports, the slain victim was identified as Melyda Corado, 27, who worked as the store’s manager.

The standoff ended around 6:30 p.m. after Atkins agreed to handcuff himself and walk out the front door. Officers immediately rushed the suspect and booked him into custody.

Law enforcement officials said the suspect’s grandmother was hospitalized where she remains in critical condition.

Investigators are trying to determine what prompted Atkins to shoot his grandmother and the other victim.

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