AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) – An armed man suspected of holding two people hostage at an Amarillo Walmart was shot and killed by police Tuesday afternoon, according to the Amarillo Police Department.
Lt. Erick Bohannon with Special Crimes identified the suspect as 54-year-old Mohammad Moghaddam, a Walmart employee who became upset after not being offered a promotion. Bohannon cited the dispute between Moghaddam and the manager as a possible motive for Tuesday’s situation.
Officials believe Moghaddam barricaded himself, the manager, and another unidentified employee inside of a Walmart office space. The two hostages were not injured during the ordeal.
The city’s police department, state troopers, and the Randall County Sheriff’s Office among other agencies all reported to the location around 11 a.m. when the first calls were received. Just over an hour later, tactical units entered the building, located the suspect, and fatally shot Moghaddam.
Walmart spokesperson Deisha Barnett released the following statement:
“As soon as we heard about the situation at our store in Amarillo, Texas, we acted immediately. 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.”
Traffic in the area has since returned to normal. Officials say the Walmart location will remain closed for the day.
NewsChannel10 has multiple crews on the scene continuing to develop new information. Check back to NewsChannel10.com regularly for the latest.
Shoebat.com reported this:
A citizen tweeted that he heard on police scanner that it was 3 Somalis who were the hostage takers. The number is conflicting since “Police on scene asked for interpreter and said suspect was a Somali.”
Police scanner:12:18PM Amarillo time: “There are no injuries inside the store.”Police scanner: 12:21 “Shots fired”.
Police scanner: 12:27 “suspect has a colored shirt on top of his Walmart shirt is identified to be male, black”.
Police scanner: 12:31 “shooter down”
Police scanner 12:33: Arabic writing and some notes found on shooter who is down and contained.
Police scanner 12:39 Police confirm Arabic language found in shooters vehicle, Toyota Avalon (green) with stolen tags parked in the disabled spot.
Police scanner 12:45 Shooter’s name is Mohammed Khalid (keep in mind the spelling in English could have varieties)
Refugee Resettlement Watch notes Amarillo, TX being destroyed by refugee overload. Texas is a major destination for Muslim illegals, imported “refugees” and immigrants – including terrorists and sharia courts in the state.
Updates: Look how the media blatantly stretches the truth, Walmart gunman is longtime Amarillo resident (8 years does not a long-time resident make)
The Moghaddam family came to Amarillo eight years ago from Iran, two of the family’s grown children said Tuesday at their Southeast 36th Avenue home. They said their mother, Leila Gachlou, Mohammad’s wife, also works at Walmart. The children, Adel, 30, and Atefeh, 27, were home while the incident was still unfolding. They have lived on 36th Avenue for at least the last eight years.
“I saw him this morning. He was happy and ate breakfast and then went to work,” Adel told the Amarillo Globe-News.
Potter-Randall Appraisal District records show Moghaddam purchased the home in November 2004.
A criminal history check on Moghaddam did not return any results. Records show he previously lived in the Bronx Borough of New York City.
How could he have come to Amarillo from Iran if he lived in the Bronx?
Representatives of the two organizations that facilitate refugee resettlements in Amarillo -Refugee Services of Texas and Catholic Charities – said they would not discuss whether they helped Moghaddam and his family relocate to Amarillo.