Trader Joe’s standoff suspect appears in court

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A gunman who took hostages in a weekend standoff at a Los Angeles supermarket has appeared in court.

Gene Evin Atkins made an initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles.

Atkins has been charged with murder, attempted murder and dozens of other charges. His arraignment was postponed Tuesday afternoon, and he didn’t enter a plea.

Police say Atkins shot his grandmother seven times, kidnapped his 17-year-old girlfriend and shot at officers as they chased his car and then as he ran into the Trader Joe’s in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood on Saturday.

A supermarket worker, Melyda Corado, was killed by a police officer’s bullet as Atkins exchanged gunfire with officers while he ran into the store.

Atkins was not represented by an attorney during Tuesday’s court appearance.

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