Armed man took 2 hostages inside Amarillo Walmart store, fatally shot: Police

Officers fatally shot an armed man inside a Walmart store in Amarillo after he took two people hostage, including a manager with whom he had a work-related dispute, according to the police.

Amarillo police yesterday said neither hostage was injured and identified the suspect as 54-year-old Mohammad Moghaddam.

The police didn’t release any details about Moghaddam, including whether he was former employee or what may have led up to the incident.

Officers responded to a reported shooting at the store around 11 a.m, amid reports that an armed person was inside and may have had hostages.

Police later said officers made their way inside the store and that a police SWAT crew shot the suspect, though they didn’t immediately say whether the man had died. No other injuries were reported.

In a brief statement late yesterday afternoon, police confirmed that Moghaddam had been fatally shot. Police called the incident a “workplace violence event,” saying Moghaddam had a work-related dispute with a manager he took hostage.

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