The Latest: Police say suspect shot, apparently dead


AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on police responding to Amarillo, Texas, Wal-Mart amid reports that an armed person was at the store (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

Police say a suspect has been shot and is apparently dead after officers responded to a reported shooting inside a Wal-Mart store in Amarillo, Texas.

The Amarillo Police Department released a brief statement saying hostages inside the store are safe and an investigation is underway. No details were immediately provided, but police urged residents to avoid the area.

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12:40 p.m.

Police say reports that an armed person possibly holding hostages at an Amarillo, Texas, Wal-Mart “appears to be a workplace violence type event.”

The Amarillo Police Department says in a statement that there are no confirmed gunshot victims at the store as of early Tuesday afternoon.

The department says officers are inside the store and that there is “no shooting ongoing at this moment.” Police said earlier Tuesday that officers responded amid reports of an armed person inside who may have had hostages.

Police are urging residents to avoid the area.

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12:30 p.m.

Police say there are no confirmed gunshot victims at a Wal-Mart in Amarillo, Texas, amid reports that an armed person was at the store.

The Amarillo Police Department released a statement Tuesday saying officers are now inside the store and that there is “no shooting ongoing at this moment.” Police said earlier Tuesday that officers responded amid reports of an armed person inside who may have had hostages.

Police are urging residents to avoid the area.

The city released a statement saying emergency officials were “on the scene of an active shooter incident” at the store and there was no immediate word of injuries.

Authorities didn’t immediately say what may have prompted the incident in Amarillo, a city in the Texas Panhandle. Some nearby streets were closed as a precaution.

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12:20 p.m.

Police say officers are on the scene of a “reported shooting” at a Wal-Mart in Amarillo, Texas.

The Amarillo Police Department released a statement just before noon Tuesday saying they were at the store amid reports of an armed person inside who may have hostages. Police are urging residents to avoid the area.

A statement from the city says emergency officials are “are on the scene of an active shooter incident” at the store and there was no immediate word of injuries.

Authorities didn’t immediately say what may have prompted the incident in Amarillo, a city in the Texas Panhandle. Randall County sheriff’s deputies closed off some nearby streets, including an off ramp to Interstate 27, as a precaution.

Further details weren’t immediately available