SWAT Team Shoots, Kills Gunman; Hostages Safe at Amarillo, Texas Walmart

SWAT Team Shoots, Kills Gunman; Hostages Safe at Amarillo, Texas Wal-Mart

AMARILLO, Texas – Authorities say the SWAT team has shot and killed the alleged gunman accused of taking at least one person hostage in an Amarillo, Texas, Walmart Tuesday.

All hostages are now safe.

Amarillo Police posted this update:

The incident inside the Wal-Mart at 4215 Canyon Drive is still under investigation.  The initial call of an armed person/shooting possible barricaded suspect call came in at about 11:06 AM.  Initial information is that this was a workplace violence event. APD and many other agencies responded to the call.  One or more hostages were taken by a male suspect inside the store.  APD and officers from other agencies responded and entered the store, and APD SWAT officers also responded. At 12:22 PM, an APD SWAT officer came into contact with the suspect and shot him.  Initial information is that a hostage or hostages are safe, and no one is injured except the suspect.  The Special Crimes Unit will take over the investigation and will release more detail as available.  The suspect’s name has not been released.

Amarillo Police said “this appears to be a workplace violence type event.”

Witnesses told KVII an employee took another employee hostage.

Police were looking for a Somali man wearing khaki pants, KFDA added.

Officers are evacuating shoppers from the west side of the store.

There were no initial reports of deaths or injuries.

Walmart tweeted a statement on the incident.

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