George H.W. Bush’s former doctor fatally shot while biking near hospital

HOUSTON (AP) — A cardiologist who once treated former President George H.W. Bush was fatally shot by a fellow bicyclist Friday while riding through a Houston medical complex, and police were trying to determine if the shooting was random or a targeted act.

The shooting happened around 9 a.m. as Dr. Mark Hausknecht was going northbound through the Texas Medical Center, said Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner.

“The suspect was on a bicycle as well. Rode past the doctor, turned and fired two shots. The doctor immediately went down,” Finner said.

Hausknecht, 65, hit at least once, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.

Hausknecht was going in to work at Houston Methodist Hospital when he was shot, the hospital’s CEO said in an email to staff.

The area where the shooting took place is part of a 1,345-acre complex of hospitals and medical institutions, including the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and is busy with traffic and pedestrians during the day.

Authorities late Friday continued searching for the suspect, who was wearing a gray warmup jacket, khaki shorts and a tan baseball cap.

Hausknecht treated Bush in February 2000 for an irregular heartbeat after the ex-president complained about lightheadedness while visiting Florida.

The cardiologist appeared with Bush at a news conference after his treatment.

Bush on Friday offered his condolences to Hausknecht’s family.

“Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man,” Bush said in a statement. “I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care.”

Hausknecht had been in medical practice for almost 40 years and specialized in cardiovascular disease, said Marc Boom, president and CEO of Houston Methodist Hospital.

Hausknecht was part of the hospital’s medical staff as well as its DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center.

“His patients appreciated his kind bedside manner and the extra time he took to answer their questions and fully explain their condition and treatment,” Boom said in an email to employees on Friday. “Our employees who worked with him said patients were so proud to call him their doctor.”

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The Latest: Molinari takes outright lead at British Open

The Latest on the British Open (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

Francesco Molinari has taken the outright lead at the British Open for the first time, and Tiger Woods is still not out of it.

Molinari tapped in for birdie at the par-5 No. 14 to break out of a five-way tie for the lead, which included Rory McIlroy after his eagle at the same hole.

Woods also birdied No. 14 — after playing a pitch shot from the back of the green that is shared with No. 4 — to move back to 5 under, two off Molinari.

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5:25 p.m.

Eddie Pepperell says he was a “little hung over” during his round of 4-under 67 that has left him one shot off the lead at the British Open.

After shooting 71 on Saturday to start the final round eight strokes off the lead, Pepperell said he was “so frustrated” and had “too much to drink last night.”

The No. 72-ranked English golfer hadn’t been hopeful ahead of Sunday’s round, saying “today was, really, I wouldn’t say a write-off, but I didn’t feel I was in the golf tournament.”

Pepperell teed off at 11.40 a.m. local time with Phil Mickelson.

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5:10 p.m.

Tiger Woods has dropped out of the lead at the British Open after a double-bogey at the 11th hole.

Woods sent his second shot into the gallery, with the ball rebounding out into the rough. He duffed his chip, then three-putted from off the green.

He fell to 5 under, a stroke behind four players — Jordan Spieth, Kevin Kisner, Kevin Chappell and Francesco Molinari — heading into the tough back nine at Carnoustie.

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4:45 p.m.

Tiger Woods is in the outright lead of the British Open after a stunning turnaround at Carnoustie.

Woods has parred his last four holes and capitalized on collapses by Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele, the previous co-leaders.

Spieth bogeyed No. 5 then made double-bogey at the sixth hole after taking a drop then three-putting.

Schauffele bogeyed Nos. 5 and 6, then double-bogeyed the seventh hole.

Woods, seeking his 15th major championship and first since 2008, leads by one stroke on 7 under from playing partner Francesco Molinari and Spieth.

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4:05 p.m.

Tiger Woods is on the move in the British Open, edging to within a stroke of the lead on the front nine.

Woods birdied two of his first six holes to get to 7-under-par, a shot behind Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele. He was tied there with third round co-leader Kevin Kisner.

Woods, who is chasing his first major championship win in a decade, began the day four shots off the lead held by Schauffele, Spieth and Kisner. But while they were all over par on the front nine, he made birdie on No. 4 and then added another on the par-5 sixth.

Large crowds are following the 42-year-old Woods, who has yet to win in his latest comeback. He shot 66 in the third round to make a move up the leaderboard.

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3:25 p.m.

Kevin Kisner has dropped out of the lead at the British Open after a double bogey and a bogey in his first three holes.

Kisner, who has led or been tied for the lead after all three rounds, found a bunker off the tee at the par-4 second hole and made a 6. Then he missed a 4-footer for par at No. 3.

In fact, there are dropped shots everywhere in the final round at Carnoustie, where the wind is playing havoc.

Rory McIlroy has bogeyed two of his first five holes and is now 3 under, six shots off the lead, while Tommy Fleetwood bogeyed No. 5 to give up the stroke he picked up at the first before making double-bogey at No. 6.

Spieth and Schauffele have parred their first two holes.

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3 p.m.

Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele, the last pairing in the final round of the British Open, have teed off at Carnoustie where quite a stiff wind is blowing.

Tiger Woods has parred his first two holes and remains four shots back from Spieth, Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, who shared the third-round lead at 9-under.

Tommy Fleetwood also started his round at 5-under, like Woods, and birdied the first to a massive ovation.

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1:45 p.m.

Leaders are on the range at the British Open, where they will be greeted by warm breezes in the final round at Carnoustie.

Three players — including defending champion Jordan Spieth — are tied at the top of the leaderboard at 9-under par. Three other players are within three shots, while Tiger Woods is in a group of eight golfers at 5 under.

Ideal conditions in the third round led to a number of low scores, including a 64 by Justin Rose and 65s by Spieth and Francesco Molinari. But 69 was the low score among the first 22 players out in Sunday’s final round as the breeze was blowing 15-20 mph.

Woods, who shot 66 on Saturday, is paired with Molinari, two groups behind the final twosome of Spieth and Xander Schauffele.

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The yellow grass of a dry summer in Scotland comes to life Sunday because of a red shirt at the British Open.

Tiger Woods is in contention for the claret jug again.

Jordan Spieth was tied for the lead at Carnoustie as he tries to become the first repeat winner in 10 years at the British Open. But even the appeal of Spieth was no match for seeing Woods, in his traditional red shirt, in the mix at a major.

Woods was four shots behind. It’s the closest he’s been to the lead in a major since five years ago at Muirfield.

A victory would complete a most remarkable comeback for Woods, who has had four back surgeries, a marital scandal and a DUI arrest since his last major.

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Positive signs for Queensland’s economy within housing oversupply

With more and more people moving to Queensland, the June 2018 Business Outlook report, released on Monday, notes the state now has the third-fastest rate of population growth behind Victoria and the ACT.

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In 2016, the state’s housing construction went far beyond the state’s population growth, sparking concerns about the long-term state of the housing sector.

“The large increase in supply relative to demand meant that house price growth never reached the heights seen in Sydney or Melbourne,” the report stated.

“But a smaller boom also means less risk in the bust: housing markets in south-east Queensland are less likely to experience a significant retreat in prices now that credit conditions have turned.”

Another report released on Monday, a BIS Oxford Economics report Building In Australia 2018-2033, warned that nationally Australia’s building commencements were facing a sharp downturn.

That report warned Queensland could expect a -15 per cent correction in the number of residential buildings beginning construction.

BIS Oxford Economics associate director of construction Adrian Hart said there was potential for the downturn to worsen if investor demand or net overseas migration weakened.

“With stock deficiency to start rising nationally again from 2019-20, we anticipate a renewed upswing in residential building starts through the early to mid-2020s,” he said.

In 2008, more than 45,000 new dwellings began construction in Queensland – 10 years on, that number had fallen to 40,950.

BIS Oxford’s report predicted further falls in dwelling commencements, down to just fewer than 35,000 in 2020 before recovery began to bring commencements back up towards 43,000 in 2023.

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Deloitte’s report found Queensland’s job growth was also encouraging more people into the workforce – a growth that had little impact on the unemployment rate.

Jobs in government sectors such as public health, education and public service all led the charge, thanks to a combination of the National Disability Insurance Scheme roll-out and the state’s popularity with international students.

Those factors combined with tourist occupancy rates hitting their highest rate since 2013 meant Queensland on the whole was supporting a stronger business outlook.

Despite those positive signs, Deloitte found retail remained uninspired, alongside wage growth.

Retail spending nationally has been particularly strong in clothing and apparel, as online shops competed fiercely with department stores for the same products.

“Energy prices continue to outpace headline consumer inflation. This creates a double-whammy for
retailers, as it hits both their operating costs as well as the consumer hip pocket,” Deloitte found.

“Meanwhile, the improved outlook for wages is also a double edged sword for retailers – it provides improved buying power for consumers but will also increase their operating costs.”

But, overall, gas exports would help keep Queensland high on the ladder for state growth, the report said, alongside New South Wales and Victoria, while infrastructure spend would reach nearly $46 billion over the next four years.

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Strong interest in gas would put pressure on energy prices, Deloitte found, as the flow-on effects from Venezuela and Iran reducing their oil supply, and higher gas prices on Australia’s east coast, would hit industrial energy users.

Lucy is a reporter for Brisbane Times. Most recently, she was a reporter for the Launceston Examiner.

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How the decline of unions will change America

EVEN before the Supreme Court piled in, American unions were in a bad way. In their heyday in the mid-1950s, more than 30% of workers were members. Today just 11% are. With only a toehold in the private sector—where they cover a mere 7% of workers—unions have become increasingly reliant on faithful public-sector employees, 34% of whom are members, to stay financially afloat and politically relevant. The Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Janus v AFSCME at the end of June will shrink the rump of union members even further. What will the consequences of even lower union membership be?

Unions engage in both collective bargaining for their workers and political lobbying, typically for progressive causes and Democratic candidates. Among white Americans, blue-collar workers have had their heads turned by President Donald Trump even as union bosses remain steadfast Democrats, so that many members disagree with their union’s politics. Opting out of union membership—and its mandatory dues—would allow them to benefit from negotiated pay rises and holidays without incurring any of the cost. For decades, the compromise had been to make non-members who would otherwise free-ride on collective-bargaining agreements pay “agency fees”—the share of union dues that go to non-political operations and overheads. In its Janus decision, conservative jurists on the Supreme Court cited the First Amendment, to hold that such schemes violated the constitution on free-speech grounds. All public-sector workers covered by a union will now have to opt in and consent before paying anything. It is not a question of whether unions will lose members as a result of this, but how many.

Wisconsin provides one case study. When that state passed a law in 2011 limiting collective bargaining and banning agency fees its teachers’ union lost more than half its members and two-thirds of its dues within three years. Teachers’ unions, among the most powerful in the country, could lose a third of their members as a result of the decision.

That may reflect some dissatisfaction, but it probably has more to do with the attractive offer of keeping a union-negotiated contract while avoiding deductions from already cramped pay-cheques. “It was a way to get $800 a year in dues, after they had not gotten a raise in five years,” says David Crim, an organiser for the Michigan Education Association. The union lost one-sixth of its membership after the state became “right-to-work”—banning collection of agency fees through state law rather than the courts—in 2012. “They’re virtually getting something for nothing,” says Kate Martin, a community college teacher and treasurer for her local union chapter in Cape Cod. “In the short term, you can get a bump in pay. In the long term, you’re going to lose benefits and suffer worse working conditions,” she adds.

Wasting no time, organisations like the Mackinac Centre, a conservative think-tank based in Michigan, have already put up websites encouraging workers to ditch their unions and retain their benefits, including a helpful service which will automatically write a pre-addressed resignation letter. The centre, which has long-standing ties to Betsy DeVos, the education secretary and a bogeyman on the left, has begun directly contacting teachers on their official e-mail accounts in 11 states.

To counter these efforts, union organisers will have to work hard to convince dues-paying members to stay. They are doing so by suggesting that conservatives are mounting an attack on all working people, who must stick together in the face of adversity. “It’s all about defunding us,” says Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), a labour union with 1.7m members. In the run-up to the Janus decision, unions asked their members to pledge “I’m sticking with my union” no matter what the court decided. Of the AFT’s 800,000 members in states affected by Janus, 530,000 had signed such a commitment before the decision was released, according to Ms Weingarten. Heavily Democratic states, like New York and California, are also passing laws to soften the blow, by insisting that unions are given contact information for new workers and strictly limiting the time period in which employees could revoke their membership.

The Piketty line

Economists have long debated the merit of unions. Classical economists tend to see them as localised monopolies on labour, which impose deadweight losses. A recent interpretation of their effect is more neutral: unions may be a countervailing force to monopsony, or the market power that firms have over wages and competition for workers. For example, until recently seven large American fast-food chains held “no-poach agreements” preventing their workers from switching franchises. They were dropped when state attorneys-general threatened to sue. Across the OECD club of mostly rich countries, unionisation rates in the private sector have steadily fallen. Public-sector workers have been insulated from this, in part because governments are not profit-maximising and in part because teaching cannot be outsourced to China.

One unintended consequence of the slow demise of American unions could be worsening income inequality. Labour-market researchers note that when unionisation was at its zenith, income inequality was at its nadir. A recent working paper by Henry Farber, Daniel Herbst, Ilyana Kuziemko and Suresh Naidu used a new data set spanning the last 80 years to show that this inverse correlation remains robust in the face of attempts to control for changes wrought by globalisation and technology. Their research suggests a simple mechanism for this association. Union members have earned up to 20% more than similarly qualified workers throughout this period. During the halcyon days of unionisation, unskilled workers were more likely to be members, so this earnings boost helped to hoist them into higher tax brackets and reduce inequality. As unions have shrunk, they have also shed low-skilled workers.

Smaller unions will spend less money on politicking, as they use their dwindling resources to hold on to members and stanch the flow of free-riders. That could make school reform, which teachers’ unions have often blocked, easier to pursue. During the 2016 election cycle, organised labour spent $217m—88% of it going to Democrats, according to the Centre for Responsive Politics, which keeps score. There will also be fewer members to go out and knock on doors. A clever study, published in January 2018 by James Feigenbaum, Alexander Hertel-Fernandez and Vanessa Williamson, measured the political consequences of declining unionisation by looking at counties bordering states that adopted right-to-work laws. The researchers found that such laws not only reduced union contributions and get-out-the-vote efforts, as expected, but they also depressed the vote for Democratic presidential candidates by 3.5 percentage points.

Electoral benefits help explain the zeal for diminishing union clout. Unions already fear that the expansive Janus opinion could invite future legal challenges to private-sector agency fees as well. When pushing right-to-work laws, Grover Norquist, an anti-tax activist, predicted that if a dozen more states adopted Wisconsin’s model, “the modern Democratic party will cease to be a competitive power in American politics”. That is wishful thinking: parties adapt; Democrats have already spent decades reckoning with declining union power. Yet unions have often had a moderating influence on the Democratic Party, pulling it back to a focus on the economic interests of workers when activists might prefer to concentrate on guns, abortion or the environment. The withering of unions will remove that counterbalance.

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Gunman arrested after deadly Los Angeles store hostage standoff

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police in Los Angeles arrested a man who took hostages and barricaded himself inside a Trader Joe’s grocery store on Saturday, ending a three-hour standoff during which he fatally shot a woman, authorities said.

A police officer talks with a woman in a parking lot across the street from a Trader Joe’s store where a hostage situation unfolded in Los Angeles, California, Saturday July 21, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

The man, who was chased by police after he was suspected of repeatedly shooting his grandmother and another woman in a separate part of the city, crashed his car outside the Trader Joe’s, where he exchanged gunfire with police and entered the crowded store.

He was shot in the arm and talked with police over the phone to negotiate a surrender, Mayor Eric Garcetti and police told a news conference.

The man, aged 28 but not named by police, emerged from the store and was surrounded by police.

A Trader Joe’s employee embraces a woman in a parking lot near a Trader Joe’s store where a hostage situation unfolded in Los Angeles, California, July 21, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

“Inside the Trader Joe’s the suspect shot a female victim. She was pronounced dead at scene,” police said on Twitter.

Once he was in custody, about 20 people who were in the store could be seen spilling out on to the street.

The woman has not officially been identified, but ABC News named her as Melyda Corado, the store manager, citing family sources.

“The suspect at the end asked for handcuffs. He handcuffed himself and then released himself into the custody of L.A. police,” Garcetti said.

During the standoff, aerial footage from TV stations NBC Los Angeles and CBS Los Angeles showed people leaving a store window using a rope ladder and police carrying children to safety through a parking lot in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood.

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Trader Joe’s employee Zach Johnston was among those who escaped shortly after hearing gunshots.

“I was in the back room and all of a sudden I started to see customers spilling through the door going to the back room,” he said. “I immediately heard some gunfire, like four pops.”

Johnston and about 15 customers and co-workers ran out a back door to safety, he said.

More than an hour after the standoff began, a few hostages were shown on TV leaving the store through the front door. Some said they had hidden in employee areas in the back of the store.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he was watching the situation closely. “Active barricaded suspect. L.A.P.D. working with Federal Law Enforcement,” Trump wrote on Twitter before the arrest.

Trader Joe’s said in a statement that the incident “has been an incredible trauma”.

“Our thoughts are with our Crew Members and customers. Our focus is on doing whatever we can to support them at this time,” it added.

Reporting by Andrew Cullen; Additional reporting and writing by Jon Herskovitz and Rich McKay; Editing by Daniel Wallis, Himani Sarkar, Jason Neely and David Stamp

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Israel evacuates 800 stranded White Helmets to Jordan for resettlement in UK, Canada and Germany 

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said she “called for global leadership to support and help these heroes” during a meeting of foreign ministers at the NATO leaders’ summit in Brussels a week ago.

The White Helmets have rescued thousands of civilians trapped under the rubble or caught up in fighting in battered opposition-held zones along various fronts of Syria’s seven-year conflict.

Since its formation, when Syria’s conflict was nearing its third year, more than 200 of its volunteers have died and another 500 have been wounded.

The group’s motto – “To save one life is to save all of humanity” – is drawn from a verse in the Koran, although the White Helmets insist they treat all victims, regardless of religion.

Some members have received training abroad, including in Turkey, returning to instruct colleagues on search-and-rescue techniques.

The group receives funding from a number of governments, including Britain, Germany and the United States, but also solicits individual donations to purchase equipment such as its signature hard hats.

Last year, a Netflix production called “The White Helmets” won an Academy Award for best short documentary.

A second film on the group, named “Last Men in Aleppo,” was nominated for an Oscar in 2018.

The Israeli army said it evacuated the White Helmets overnight at the request of the United States and European countries, in what it called “an exceptional humanitarian gesture”.

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Iowans search for 20-year-old student who went missing while jogging

Authorities have very few answers after a college student from Iowa went missing on Wednesday night while going out for an evening jog.

Mollie Tibbetts, 20, left for an evening run from a house where she was dog sitting with her boyfriend in Brooklyn, Iowa, at about 10 p.m. on Wednesday and not been seen since.

“She might have a FitBit on and she might have her cellphone, but obviously we’ve tried just calling her but it’s either off or dead so it would go straight to voicemail,” her boyfriend Dalton Jack said.

Jack told ABC News that Tibbetts, who attends the University of Iowa, sent him a routine photo over Snapchat the night she disappeared.

Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, went missing after going out for a jog on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.Poweshiek County Sheriffs Office
Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, went missing after going out for a jog on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

The area is largely farmland, and hundreds of volunteers searched acres of barns, dirt roads and cornfields on Friday and Saturday in a bid to find the missing woman. Officials also used a helicopter to help search the area.

“This is not like her at all,” her aunt Kim Calderwood told Des Moines ABC affiliate WOI. “She’s a very responsible and conscientious young woman.”

Authorities told Cedar Rapids ABC affiliate KCRG they did not need any more volunteer searchers.

Authorities are searching for Mollie Tibbetts, 20, after she went missing while out for a run in Brooklyn, Iowa, on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.Poweshiek County Sheriffs Office
Authorities are searching for Mollie Tibbetts, 20, after she went missing while out for a run in Brooklyn, Iowa, on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

Tibbetts was last seen wearing running shorts, a black sports bra and running shoes, authorities said. She is about 5-foot-2 and 120 pounds with long brown hair and brown eyes.

Brooklyn is located in eastern Iowa, about 70 miles east of Des Moines.

“We miss you, we’re looking for you and we will never stop,” Calderwood said.

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Grandfather arrested after California boy shoots 2-year-old cousin

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old cousin Friday at a home in Southern California and deputies arrested the victim’s grandfather for allegedly leaving the gun where the kids could find it, authorities said.

The girl died at a hospital shortly after the mid-morning shooting in the Muscoy area, east of Los Angeles, according to San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.

Cesar Lopez, 53, was taken into custody later in the day on suspicion of child endangerment and being a felon in possession of a firearm, the department said. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.

The boy got hold of the gun and accidentally fired it, striking his cousin, officials said.

Investigators determined Lopez “left the gun in an area that was accessible to the children,” a department statement said.

Adults were home at the time of the accident, Bachman said. Both children lived at the house.

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1 dead, dozens of hostages freed after Los Angeles standoff

A woman was shot and killed when a gunman ran into a busy Los Angeles supermarket where he held dozens of people hostage for about three hours Saturday before handcuffing himself and surrendering to police. No hostages were seriously hurt.

About two hours before taking the hostages, police say the man shot his grandmother seven times and wounded another woman, who he forced into a car. Police chased the vehicle and exchanged gunfire with the man, who crashed into a pole outside the Trader Joe’s in the city’s Silver Lake section and ran inside.

Frightened customers and workers dove for cover as police bullets fired at the suspect shattered the store’s glass doors. Some inside the supermarket climbed out windows and others barricaded themselves in rooms as scores of police and firefighters and 18 ambulances converged on the scene and prepared for mass casualties.

Heavily armed officers in riot gear stood along the side of the store and used mirrors to look inside as hostage negotiators tried to coax the man into freeing his 40 to 50 hostages and surrendering.

At about 6:30 p.m., the man agreed to handcuff himself and walked out the front door, surrounded by four of the hostages. The unidentified man, who police said is about 28, was immediately taken into custody. Police said he had a wound to his arm.

Mayor Eric Garcetti congratulated police and firefighters for their work and mourned the loss of life at the Trader Joe’s where he and his wife regularly shopped when they lived in the neighborhood.

“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, adding “our hearts go out to everyone who has been traumatized.”

Among those who survived the harrowing afternoon was 91-year-old Don Kohles. He lives in the neighborhood and was walking into the supermarket when he saw “two police cars coming like a bat out of hell” and the suspect crashed into the pole.

The driver got out and police started firing at him as he ran toward the Trader Joe’s. Kohles hurried inside and he and others took cover as the suspect ran in.

“Those bullets went right over the back of me as he was running right down the main aisle,” Kohles said. He was terrorized as he lay on the floor and others around him sobbed.

Christian Dunlop, a real estate agent and actor who lives nearby and frequents the Trader Joe’s, was on a corner near the store when he saw four people run out. One person, an employee, was dragging an injured woman by the hands.

“She appeared lifeless,” Dunlop said.

He then saw about five employees hang out a second-floor window and drop to the ground, and about 15 other people run to safety from the back of the store. Among them was a police officer carrying a small child, he said.

“I know all the employees. I see them all the time. My heart was just racing and thinking about all the endless possibilities,” Dunlop said.

Makela Wilson, 26, an office manager, had finished shopping and was driving out of the parking lot when the suspect crashed his vehicle and police opened fire. She heard three or four gunshots and then officers in SWAT gear arrived and ordered her and other people in their cars to hunch down in their seats.

“Duck down! Duck down!” an officer shouted at her. She estimates she was in the car for a half-hour until officers escorted her to safety. At about the same time, other officers went into the store and rushed out Kolhes and others near him.

Police Chief Michel Moore said the suspect made a “series of demands” during the standoff but crisis negotiators believed they could convince him to surrender peacefully.

“Our hostage negotiators believed they had established a good rapport with him,” the chief said.

Police aren’t sure what led to the initial violence that produced the car chase and standoff. Moore said at about 1:30 p.m. the suspect shot his grandmother and another woman in a South Los Angeles home and then forced the other woman into his grandmother’s car. The grandmother was in critical condition while the other woman suffered a grazing wound.

Officers were able to track the car using LoJack — a stolen vehicle tracking system — and officers tried to stop the suspect in Hollywood, but the man refused to pull over, Moore said. During the chase, the suspect fired at officers, shooting out the back window of his car.

Outside the store, the man exchanged gunfire with police again and the woman was shot and killed, Moore said. It was not clear if she died from police gunfire or was killed by the gunman. Moore said police and firefighters responded quickly but could not save her.

Fire officials said six people, ranging in age from 12 to 81, were taken to the hospital. None had been shot and all were in fair condition.

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This story has been corrected to show spelling of police chief is Michel Moore.

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WA Police issue warning for Lauren Southern protesters

“When people like Southern and Molyneux see our refugee policy and politicians like Hanson in our government, they think they will be welcome here.

“We want to demonstrate that these hateful ideas are never welcome.”

The protests are due to start at 5pm on Sunday afternoon.

WA Police issued a statement to those planning to attend:

“Police are aware of the planned event,” a spokeswoman said.

“Members of the community have the right to protest peacefully and lawfully, however should any breaches of the law be identified, police will respond.”

The event itself is named “Australia is at a crossroads…” and is due to start at 8pm.

“Axiomatic is proud to bring Alt Media commentators and conservative activists Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern to Australia and New Zealand in 2018 for a free speech evening of stories, opinions, inspiration and Q&A,” the event’s description reads.

The speaking tour has already encountered issues, with reports Ms Southern was almost denied a visa into the country earlier this month.

The tour has also already attracted a $68,000 bill from Victorian Police for the resources used on her Melbourne event.

Ms Southern said the prospect of a police bill had only encouraged protesters to picket the event.

Ms Southern is well known for speaking out against feminism, and most recently produced a documentary called Farmlands about post-Apartheid violence on South African farms.

She also previously ran as a Libertarian party candidate in the Canadian federal election back in 2015.

Mr Molyneux is an author, podcaster and YouTuber, and advocates mens rights. He has previously rejected the “alt-right” label.

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