Alleged Trader Joe’s gunner shot a grandmother when she complained about TV after weeks of feuding, cousin says



Deadly Trader Joe’s stand-off started with the domestic feud

Researchers say that the shooter shot his grandmother and wounded his girlfriend for the taking of dozens of hostages in a Los Angeles supermarket; William La Jeunesse on the timeline of the events.

The alleged Trader Joe’s shooter in California had been arguing with his grandmother weeks before he pulled the trigger Saturday after the 76-year-old complained about the television, a member of the family said.

Gene Evin Atkins, 28, was booked on suspicion of murder after he walked out of the Silver Lake Trader Joe’s market Saturday evening, ending an hours-long stand-off that began in south Los Angeles house. Atkins allegedly became angry at his grandmother when she complained there were too many televisions on the suspect’s cousin, Charlene Egland, told The Associated Press.

Gene Evin Atkins, 28, allegedly shot his grandmother after weeks of feuding with her, defendant’s cousin said.


Egland called to walk in the direction of the house when they heard about six gunshots. Another cousin who lives in the house came running from the porch and shouted to Egland, “I think Gene shot my mommy!”

Family members said the shooting stem from the fighting that began two to three weeks ago. Atkins had a fight with his grandmother about his girlfriend, which is close to their home, according to Egland.

“He seemed to be not good for me,” Egland said. “[The grandmother] didn’t want the girl there any more.”

At least one person was killed when the gunman walked into the store, barricaded himself and taken dozens of hostages. (AP)

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Atkins shot the grandmother several times for a bullet grazed his girlfriend’s head, police said. The girlfriend of the injuries are not life-threatening.

Egland said by the time she went to get help, Atkins had forced his girlfriend in his grandma’s car and drove away. He eventually crashed the car into a pole outside the Trader Joe’s for the running in the supermarket and holding dozens of people hostage.

A store employee, Melyda Corado, 27, was shot and killed when Atkins and police exchanged gunfire.

“I’m sad to say that they did not create. My sister. My world’, her brother Albert Corado said on Twitter.

The hostage situation ended when the gunman agreed to walk out of the store. (AP)

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Atkins, who has two daughters, bounced between various tasks, including working as a security guard, but was repeatedly dismissed, Egland said.

His grandmother had tried to help him find a job and “was just trying to make him do better,” she said.

The grandmother underwent a surgery to treat the gunshot wounds. She is still in critical condition, but improving on Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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