Outside the store, the man exchanged gunfire with police again and the woman was shot and killed, Moore said. A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department document lists Atkins as being born on January 12, 1990.
Melyda Corado, a store manager, was killed by the gunman inside the store, authorities told the Times, though it is not clear what the circumstances were that led to her death. Her brother, Albert Corado, said on Twitter that she worked at Trader Joe's. "My baby sister. My world", he tweeted.
On Saturday, Gene Evin Atkins, 28, argued with his grandmother about his girlfriend staying at his grandma's South Los Angeles house.
A report by Los Angeles television news station KABC said that Corado may have been shot in a crossfire as police and the suspect exchanged gunfire, after Atkins crashed a Toyota Camry into a light pole outside the supermarket and escaped on foot inside the Trader Joe's, where he held an estimated 40 people hostage at gunpoint, according to the multiple media reports.
Around 1:30 p.m., police spotted the suspect driving his grandmother's vehicle in the Hollywood area and a pursuit began.
Customers ran out of the store when the armed man burst in.
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".
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About three hours later, Atkins - who had been shot in the left arm - agreed to handcuff himself and walked out the front door, surrounded by four of the hostages.
"Yesterday marks the saddest day in Trader Joe's history as we mourn the loss of one our own", company spokeswoman Kenya Friend-Daniel said in a statement.
"The heroism that was shown today was second to none, and the teams that were able to respond, secure the perimeter and engage in conversation with the suspect no doubt saved lives today", he said.
Officers spotted the suspect's vehicle near Hollywood and tried to pull him over, but the man refused to stop and led officers on a pursuit, Lopez said. Gunman got out and started shooting at the cops.
Kohles said he was "scared stiff" as a staff member made him to lay flat on the floor. "They helped carry me across the parking lot and they sort of tossed me over a wall", Mr Kohles added.
Witnesses say employees and customers inside Trader Joe's ran or jumped out of windows to get to safety. One person, an employee, was dragging an injured woman by the hands. The employee did not appear to be hurt, Kohles aid. I look around and I see a TJ's employee laying on the ground.
Officers tracked the auto using a stolen-vehicle tracking system and tried to stop the man in Hollywood, but he refused to pull over.