Connecting with hostage taker helped woman survive ordeal


August 3, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "I just shot at a cop," the man with the gun and blood dripping from a bullet wound in his left arm told one of dozens of people he'd taken hostage inside a Los Angeles supermarket.

In a gripping account reported Friday by Los Angeles Times columnist Robin Abcarian, one of those hostages describes how she and others survived the ordeal on an oppressively hot July 21 afternoon.

"I told him, 'There's always hope. I know you have a good heart, and I know you don't want to hurt anybody,'" MaryLinda Moss said she told Gene Atkins, as she placed her hand over his heart.


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