A gunman who barricaded himself inside a Bellflower plant nursery for more than six hours Monday died in a gun battle with sheriff's deputies who fired tear gas and concussion grenades into the store to drive him out.
The gunman, who was not immediately identified, was killed shortly after 7 p.m. outside Anderson's Nursery, near the intersection of Rose Street and Lakewood Boulevard, as he emerged from the building pointing a .22-caliber rifle at deputies, sheriff's spokesman Drew Basey said.
The man had been initially approached by a deputy shortly before 1 p.m. when he was spotted walking nearby wearing a holstered handgun and carrying the rifle wrapped in a sack. Shots were exchanged and the gunman ran into the nursery.
The proprietors, a man and woman who deputies did not identify, ran out as the gunman entered, Basey said. There were no customers in the store.