Suspect in reported shooting at Texas Wal-Mart shot; hostages safe: police

Posted at 1:13 PM, Jun 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-14 13:53:59-04

AMARILLO, Texas — 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.

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

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.