TRADER JOE’S: Female hostage talks about the Tradr Joe’s standoff in Silver Lake


WAS TRAPPED INSIDE A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TRADER JOE’S DURING A HOSTAGE STANDOFF… KPIX 5’S JACKIE WARD IS IN THE NEWSROOM WITH MORE ON HOW THE FRIGHTENING ORDEAL UNFOLDED. A TYPICAL WEEKEND GROCERY RUN QUICKLY BECAME A TERRIFYING, UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT FOR PEOPLE INSIDE THAT TRADER JOE’S. THIS MORNING, THE VICTIMS ARE PROCESSING WHAT HAPPENED. AROUND 3:30 SATURDAY AFTERNOON, A MAN CRASHED INTO A POLE OUTSIDE TRADER JOE’S IN SILVER LAKE. HE THEN ENTERED THE GROCERY STORE AND FIRED OFF 5 OR 6 GUNSHOTS, ACCORDING TO WITNESSES. SOME PEOPLE WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE, BUT OTHERS RESORTED TO HUDDLING IN AISLES AND DUCKING FOR COVER. 50 PEOPLE WERE TRAPPED INSIDE FOR HOURS. A NEWS PRODUCER FOR OUR CBS AFFILIATE IN LOS ANGELES WAS ONE OF THE HOSTAGES. The really scary part was when he noticed an officer with a rifle on top of the cheese store next door. It was escalting to him counting down that he was gonna shoot people. 27-YEAR-OLD MELITTA CORADO, A MANAGER AT TRADER JOE’S, WAS KILLED DURING THE STANDOFF WITH LAPD. THE GUNMAN HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 28-YEAR-OLD GENE ATKINS. BEFORE THE BARRICADING HIMSELF INSIDE THE GROCERY STORE, ATKINS ALLEGEDLY SHOT HIS GRANDMOTHER IN SOUTH L-A 7 TIMES. FAMILY MEMBERS SAY ATKINS WAS MAD AT HER BECAUSE SHE WOULDN’T LET HIS GIRLFRIEND VISIT AT HER HOME. “My grandmother is 76. She’s old school. She doesn’t do that…your girlfriend is coming over.” THE GRANDMOTHER IS AWAKE AND RECOVERING THIS MORNING .. AND STILL EXPRESSING CONCERN FOR HER GRANDSON. ATKINS’ COUSIN SAYS THEY KNEW HE HAD A VIOLENT TEMPER .. BUT HE DIDN’T THINK HE’D DIRECT THAT RAGE AT THE WOMAN WHO RAISED HIM. ATKINS IS NOW FACING MURDER CHARGES. HIS BAIL IS SET AT TWO-MILLION DOLLARS. MICHELLE? JACKIE, WAS ANYONE ELSE INJURED DURING THE SHOOTING? FIRE OFFICIALS SAID SIX PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL, BUT ALL ARE IN FAIR CONDITION. THEY RANGE IN AGE FROM 12 TO 81. BACK TO YOU. CREWS ARE GETTING A HANDLE ON A

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