Suspected gunman in Amarillo Walmart dead, hostages safe, police say

Suspect identified as Mohammad Moghaddam, 45


AMARILLO, TexasUpdated at 4:35 p.m.:

Authorities say the man confronted by police inside a Wal-Mart store was fatally shot by officers after he took two people hostage.

The Amarillo Police Department released a brief statement late Tuesday afternoon identifying the suspect as 45-year-old Mohammad Moghaddam. Police say he took two people hostage, including a manager with whom he had a work-related dispute.

No other details have been released about Moghaddam or what may have led to the incident. Police say neither hostage was injured.

Police said earlier in the day that officers responded to a reported shooting around 11 a.m. amid reports that an armed person inside the store had taken hostages. Police later said the suspect was shot by a police SWAT crew.

Updated at 2:45 p.m.:

Amarillo police say at least one person was taken hostage by a male suspect inside a local Wal-Mart as police responded to a reported shooting at the store.

Police Sgt. Brent Barbee said in an email that "one or more hostages" were taken hostage late Tuesday morning during what police called a "workplace violence-type event." Police said earlier Tuesday that the suspect was shot by officers and "is apparently dead," though no updates have been provided.

Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick released a statement saying store associates and customers are safe. Nick thanked officers, saying: "This was a very difficult situation and we are thankful for the quick response from law enforcement."

Update at 12:51 p.m.:

Police: Suspect in reported shooting at Amarillo Wal-Mart shot, apparently dead; hostages safe.

Update at 12:45 p.m.:

Police say there are no confirmed gunshot victims at a Wal-Mart in Amarillo amid reports that an armed person was at the store.

The Amarillo Police Department released a statement Tuesday saying officers are now inside the store and that there is "no shooting ongoing at this moment." Police said earlier Tuesday that officers responded amid reports of an armed person inside who may have had hostages.

Police are urging residents to avoid the area.

 The city released a statement saying emergency officials were "on the scene of an active shooter incident" at the store and there was no immediate word of injuries.

 Authorities didn't immediately say what may have prompted the incident in Amarillo, a city in the Texas Panhandle. Some nearby streets were closed as a precaution.

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