Amarillo police say an armed Walmart employee likely upset for being passed over for a promotion took two people hostage before being shot and killed by officers inside the store near Interstate 27 and Georgia Street.
The man was identified by police as Mohammad Moghaddam, 54. The incident began around 11:06 a.m. and was over by 12:22 p.m.
Both hostages are safe.
According to police, the incident began with one or two gunshots believed to be fired into the ceiling by the checkout area. Moghaddam then took a manager and another employee hostage in a management area of the store.
At some point, SWAT officers entered the Walmart building.
Lt. Erick Bohannon, with the special crimes unit, said as the SWAT team was getting into place a hostage ran out of an office. Moghaddam pursued the hostage and ran into officers with a weapon still in his hand.
Two SWAT officers then opened fire and killed Moghaddam, Bohannon said.
Walmart employee killed by police after taking hostages, gunshots
Posted: June 14, 2016 - 11:29am
By GLOBE-NEWS STAFF
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An armed, disgruntled employee of a Texas Walmart took two people hostage inside the superstore Tuesday morning before he was shot and killed by a SWAT team, police said.
Authorities responded to an “active shooter” situation with possible hostages at a Walmart in Amarillo, TX on Interstate 27 and Georgia Street at around 11 a.m. local time, officials said.
About two hours later, officers with the Amarillo Police Department shot and killed the gunman, identified as 54-year-old Mohammad Moghaddam, police said.
Police found two uninjured hostages with the gunman inside the chain store.
The Amarillo Police Department tweeted that the gunman was “shot by APD SWAT and is…dead. Hostages inside are safe.”
No one else was injured or killed besides Moghaddam.
Cops said there was a previous “work-related dispute” between Moghaddam and his manager who was one of the two hostages.
The official Twitter account for the city of Amarillo warned people to “avoid” the Walmart as the incident unfolded.
Witnesses told ABC 7 Amarillo that the shooter was an employee that took a colleague hostage, the news channel reported.
“As soon as we heard about the situation at our store in Amarillo, Texas, we acted immediately,” Walmart said in a statement.
“All customers and our two associates who were held hostage are safe. This was a very difficult situation and we are thankful for the quick response from law enforcement,” the statement read.
Gunman shot dead by cops after taking hostages in Walmart
By Sophia Rosenbaum and Natalie Musumeci
June 14, 2016 | 1:09pm | Updated
New York Post
Mohammad Moghaddam, 54, Walmart employee shot Dead by Police
The gunman shot dead by police inside a Walmart in Texas has been identified as an employee at the store who had a work-related dispute with one of the people he took hostage.
Mhammad Moghaddam, 54, took two people hostage, including a manager with whom he had a work-related dispute, at the store in Amarillo, police said.
He was shot dead by SWAT team members on Tuesday afternoon, the Amarillo Police Department said. The two hostages were released and are not injured.
Police said their initial investigation indicates that there was a dispute between Moghaddam and management over a promotion.
Officers were dispatched to the Walmart at I-27 and Georgia Street on Canyon Drive on an active shooter call at 11.06am, the Amarillo Police Department said.
They determined that the suspect entered the store and fired at least one shot toward the ceiling.
The initial report to police said that he had taken a hostage and gone into an office at the back of the store.
Responding officers from multiple agencies arrived at the store and entered. Police confirmed that the suspect fired no further shots after the first one.
The SWAT continued a search of the store for the gunman, who had barricaded himself into the office.
At around 12.20pm, SWAT officers saw a person who they believed to be the only hostage come out of the office. Upon entering the room, they saw the second hostage.
‘The suspect was still armed with a handgun and was a threat to the hostage and the officers,’ a police spokesman said.
The officers fired shots, which hit the suspect. Police say he died immediately.
Both hostages were escorted to safety and examined by paramedics. Neither was injured.
Amarillo police officers, sheriff's deputies from Randall and Potter Counties, as well as Texas highway patrolmen were on the scene, officials said.
SWAT teams and bomb robots were also present. The store is closed as authorities continue their investigation.
APD’s Special Crimes Unit is handling the investigation as it is an officer-involved shooting, the department said.
Investigators have not determined how many shots were fired.
The two SWAT officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol.
‘There is no indication that this had anything to do with terrorism or the shooting that happened over the weekend in Orlando,’ a statement from the Amarillo Police Department said.
Gunman, 54, shot dead by SWAT team at a Texas Walmart was an employee who had work dispute with manager he took hostage
Mohammad Moghaddam took two people hostage on Tuesday
The 54-year-old was an employee at the store in Amarillo, Texas
One of the hostages was a manager that he had a work dispute with
The gunman was shot dead by responding SWAT team members
By ANTON NILSSON and KHALEDA RAHMAN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:59 EST, 14 June 2016 | UPDATED: 21:39 EST, 14 June 2016