gunmen escape LAPD SWAT team after holding 14 hostage in Nordstrom
America is going to hell in a handbasket….
Two gunmen who took 14 individuals hostage last night at a Los Angeles mall are said to still be on the loose after escaping despite a tense standoff with the LAPD SWAT team.
The standoff began soon after circa 10 pm when two gunmen entered a local Nordstrom Rack store where they proceeded to hold all employees hostage. It is thought they had entered the store with the intent of robbing it. Which may suggest the robbers had an inside knowledge of operations of the store as it chose the store out of many others in the mall vicinity.
With police soon called to assuage the situation all hostages where then led to a bathroom. From there it was later reported that sexual assault and a stabbing took place.
Whilst this was all being played out, up to 200 individuals who had come to watch cinema at the mall were forced to stay in lockdown mode until 3 am as they were shown a rerun of movies,whilst the real life drama was unfolding doors away from there.
Since last night’s hostage, gawker have issued the following update: Update: Cherlin has spoken with LAPD Lieutenant Andy Neiman and confirmed that one victim was stabbed, sustaining a non-threatening wound, and one was sexually assaulted. According to the Los Angeles Times, the hostage was stabbed in the neck, and another was pistol-whipped. We’ll update as we know more.