Gene Atkins appears for the first time in Los Angeles County Superior court in July 2018. Police say Atkins shot his grandmother seven times, kidnapped his 17-year-old girlfriend and shot at officers when he fled into a Trader Joe’s store in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Gene Evin Atkins appears in court for the first time in Los Angeles Superior court in Los Angeles Tuesday, July 24, 2018. 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 section on Saturday afternoon. Police Chief Michel Moore said a store worker, Melyda Corado, was killed by a police officer’s bullet as Atkins exchanged gunfire with officers as he ran into the store. Prosecutors say Atkins is being charged with murder under a legal rule that his actions set into motion a series of events leading to Corado being killed. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)