Trader Joe's Employee Hailed As Hero During Hostage Crisis
Business Insider reports that Sean Gerace was working at a Los Angeles-area Trader Joe's on Saturday when a gunman entered the supermarket. Gerace quickly leaped into action and helped several coworkers escape.Gerace told NBC Los Angeles that he was working in the backroom when the gunman entered the Trader Joe's. He said he heard screaming and gunfire. He says he then ran upstairs, grabbed a couple of coworkers, and made his way into a back section of the storage area upstairs.He told NBC that he and his coworkers couldn't safely enter the main area of the store. So instead they fled to an the upstairs storage area. Gerace said he "grabbed an emergency ladder, barricaded the hallway, grabbed a weapon, [and] put the ladder out the window."Once the ladder was hanging out the window, Gerace said he tried to get the attention of a SWAT officer. He said, "Once I got his attention, I indicated I wanted to go down the ladder, and he gave me a thumbs up."