DEVELOPING: Police rushed to a Walmart in Amarillo, Texas this afternoon on reports that shots were fired and a gunman may have taken at least one hostage, Fox News reported.
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
Police scanner 12:48 Suspect have been shot by SWAT team and is DEAD per Randall County Sheriff’s Office
Nearly an hour after city officials reported an “active shooter incident,” police said they had entered the Walmart and there was no “ongoing” shooting. They also said there were no confirmed gunshot victims.
Witnesses told KVII an employee took another employee hostage.
Police were looking for a Somali man wearing khaki pants, KFDA added. Officers reportedly were evacuating shoppers from the west side of the store.
— CityofAmarillo (@CityofAmarillo) June 14, 2016
APD, SWAT and other agencies, including the DPS helicopter, are on the scene.
Witnesses have stated that the shooter was an employee that took another employee hostage.
APD on scene of reported shooting Walmart/Canyon and Georgia-PIO request media to Austin and Canyon Frontal Road. https://t.co/OxuObveqHh
— Amarillo Police Dept (@AmarilloPD) June 14, 2016
Jeff Nunn, the president of a nearby bank, told the Amarillo Globe-News that helicopters and roughly 20 police and emergency vehicles rushed to the store. His bank and a day care center reportedly went on lockdown.
Police closed off at least one nearby road off I-27. “Please avoid the area so that officers can focus on the scene and not traffic,” the Amarillo Police Dept. said in a statement.