Fundraising pages have been created for an injured grandmother who was allegedly shot by her grandson in South Los Angeles, and the manager of the Silver Lake Trader Joe's who was fatally shot after the suspect led police on a chase that ended at the grocery store.
Authorities said Mary Madison, 78, suffered multiple gunshot wounds Sunday during a domestic dispute at her South L.A. home with her twenty-eight-year-old grandson, Gene Atkins. Madison was initially listed in critical condition while she underwent several surgeries, but family members told KTLA she is expected to survive.
"We just need all the prayers and support we can get to make sure that my granny gets the best treatment possible. She's up and alert and being herself to the best of her abilities but we have a long surgical road ahead of us," Madison's granddaughter, Deshon Hayward, wrote on her GoFundMe page.
Melyda Corado, who was the manager of the Trader Joe's on Hyperion Avenue, was fatally shot after Atkins led police on a chase from his grandmother's home that ended at the grocery store.
More than 40 people were taken hostage and resulted in a shootout between police and the suspect. Atkins was eventually booked on suspicion of murder after an hourslong standoff with authorities.
Corado was identified as the slain victim by family members and her coworkers.
A GoFundMe page was started by another Trader Joe's employee to help Corado's family pay for her funeral costs.
"She was taken too soon and she will be terribly missed," Leo Cordova wrote on the GoFundMe page.
A candlelight vigil was held outside the Silver Lake grocery store Monday night, where family members, friends and neighborhood residents gathered to remember the beloved store manager.
“She was wonderful. She was so sweet," said Tatiana Velasquez, who also works at the location. "She was always excited to see customers and always excited to see me.”
Velasquez recalled how many employees ran to investigate the commotion after hearing a "loud tire screech" and car crash. But that's exactly when gunfire erupted, she said.
“I immediately ran to the back and warned people, ‘There’s gunshots. We need to hide, we need to get down,'” Velasquez told KTLA.
Silver Lake resident Nikita Morar, who also attended the memorial Monday night, said it was a shocking tragedy.
“They were just doing their job. It was just a normal day for them, and you just get killed," he said. "It’s absolutely horrible.”