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Workplace violence at Texas Walmart

1 hostage, 1 gunman
Posted at 10:12 AM, Jun 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-14 20:31:00-04

The Amarillo Police Department has identified the suspect in today's hostage standoff as 45-year-old Mohammad Moghaddam.

We have confirmed that there were two people taken hostage today...one of whom was a manager who reportedly had a dispute with Moghaddam prior to the incident. -Randall County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: (AP) -- 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: Suspect in reported shooting at Texas Wal-Mart shot, apparently dead; hostages safe.

Amarillo Police Public Information Officer says the situation started around 11 a.m. (Texas time) and a gunman fired shots, and took a hostage. The store has been evacuated and SWAT is on scene. It is being labeled workplace violence. There are no victims at this time.

The Amarillo Police Department have confirmed an active shooter situation at the Walmart on I-27 and Georgia.

Police are asking the public to stay away from the area so officers can focus on the scene instead of traffic.

APD and other agencies, including the DPS helicopter, are on the scene.

Witnesses have stated that the shooter was an employee that took another employee hostage.

Our ABC 7 news team have confirmed the Amarillo Police Department are evacuating people out of the West side of the building. The shooter is believed to have taken hostages.

We will continue to bring you more details as soon as they come into our newsroom.

-Courtesy KVII