The violence began when Atkins shot his 76-year-old grandmother several times at their South Los Angeles home after she complained about his having too many television sets on, said a cousin, Charlene Egland. Police fired at the driver, shattering the store's glass doors, while those inside the store took cover and laid on the floor as the suspect ran inside, he said.
Montgomery said Hollywood officers attempted to pull the suspect over but he opened fire during a pursuit. He had crashed a vehicle nearby after firing multiple rounds at officers pursuing him, police said. He could be arraigned as early as Monday and will likely face additional charges, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department told ABC News. Their conditions were not given. He then took customers inside the store as hostages and barricaded himself from police.
"Inside the store, a young woman was shot and killed", said LA's chief of police, Michel Moore. He did not identify her or say how she died.
Lopez said he did not know whether any shots had been fired by the police or suspect.
The suspect eventually turned himself into police after talking with negotiators.
The Los Angeles County coroner's office identified the woman Sunday as 27-year-old Melyda Corado. "She was never anyone but herself for better or worse, she was herself", Alpert Corado said of his sister in an interview with CNN.
"We have successfully taken the suspect into custody without incident", Los Angeles police said on Twitter after the standoff ended. Police had no update on her condition. A 91-year-old customer walking into the market told NBC4 police bullets flew past him as the suspect ran down the main aisle of the market. It was not immediately known whether that woman was the one from the original shooting.
According to the Associated Press, "Police believe a man involved in a standoff with officers at a Los Angeles supermarket shot his grandmother and girlfriend before firing at officers during a pursuit, then crashing outside the supermarket and running inside the store".
Don Kohles, 91, told CNN he saw the auto crash into a fire hydrant or a utility pole in front of the Trader Joe's.
During that shooting, the suspect crashed into a pole near the Trader Joe's in the 2700 block of Hyperion Avenue.
Officers with riot gear, armed with rifles, had stood along the side of the Trader Joe's and used mirrors to try to look inside as hostages periodically came out of the front door with their hands raised. He exchanged gunfire with police and entered the crowded store, police said. "They helped carry me across the parking lot, and they sort of tossed me over a wall", Kohles said.
The suspect "jumped out of the auto, and it looked like he shot some rounds off when he got out of the vehicle", Dan Zito, who said he was only feet away from the crash, said to KNBC-TV. He added that several law enforcement officers and rescue crews were able to rescue a number of people through other entry points at the store.