A Iranian immigrant who took two people hostage inside an Amarillo, Texas, Walmart was shot dead by police after a standoff that lasted over an hour and 20 minutes.
At about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Moghaddam entered the store and began taking hostages.
“The initial call of an armed person/shooting possible barricaded suspect call came in at about 11:06 a.m.,” a statement from the Amarillo Police Department read.
“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.”
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That’s when they dispatched with Moghaddam with extreme prejudice.
“At 12:22 p.m., 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 statement continued. “The Special Crimes Unit will take over the investigation and will release more detail as available.”
Armed Randall Co deputy blocking street behind Walmart at I-27 & Georgia St where an active shooterreportedly is. pic.twitter.com/UkIb9K1Cp0
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While several police calls reported an “active shooter” inside the store, the hostages were released unharmed and no other gunshot victims were found.
According to the Amarillo Globe-News, the 54-year-old Moghaddam had immigrated to the United States from Iran eight years ago. He had worked at the Walmart and was wearing the traditional blue polo and khaki pants that Walmart employees wear, although it was unknown whether he was employed there at the time of the shooting.
His wife, who also worked at Walmart, came to the scene to give police a picture of her husband for identification.
“I saw him this morning. He was happy and ate breakfast and then went to work,” his 30-year-old son Adel told reporters.
“As soon as we heard about the situation at our store in Amarillo, Texas, we acted immediately,” Walmart said in a statement after the attack. “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.”
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