Gunman ‘apparently’ dead at Wal-Mart crimescene in Texas

This photo provided by ABC7 KVII shows the scene where police say officers are responding to a "reported shooting" at a Walmart in Amarillo, Texas on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (ABC7 KVII via AP)

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — According to an Amarillo Police Department tweet, a suspect in a shooting and hostage case in Amarillo, Texas was shot Tuesday afternoon by SWAT team members. According to a police tweet, all hostages are now safe.

According to an Associated Press report, Amarillo police say at least one person was taken hostage by a male suspect inside a local Wal-Mart as police responded to a reported shooting at the store.

Police Sgt. Brent Barbee said in an email that “one or more hostages” were taken hostage late Tuesday morning during what police called a “workplace violence-type event.” Police said earlier Tuesday that the suspect was shot by officers and “is apparently dead,” though no updates have been provided.

Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick released a statement saying store associates and customers are safe. Nick thanked officers, saying: “This was a very difficult situation and we are thankful for the quick response from law enforcement.”

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 urged residents to avoid the area.

Although a previous statement from the city of Amarillo said that emergency officials were “are on the scene of an active shooter incident,” a Tweet from the Police Department at 1:18 p.m. implied that nobody other than the person taking hostages was shot:

Police haven’t said what prompted the incident, or who the shooter was.

Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick released a statement saying store associates and customers are safe. Nick thanked officers, saying: “This was a very difficult situation and we are thankful for the quick response from law enforcement.”

Further details weren’t immediately available.

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