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Police Have Killed a Gunman Who Took Hostages at a Texas Walmart

June 14, 2016, 7:26 PM UTC
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Texas police fatally shot a gunman who held people hostage in an Amarillo Walmart (WMT) Tuesday, police announced.

Officers responded to reports of gunfire around 11:30 a.m. and arrived at the Walmart on I-27 and Georgia where a gunman had taken at least one hostage in the building, police said.

Less than two hours later, the gunman had been shot by SWAT officials and the hostages had been freed, according to a statement from the Amarillo Police Department.

Police noted in the statement that the suspect is “apparently dead” and no one else was injured. Authorities confirmed the death to ABC 7 News.

In an earlier statement, police called the incident a “workplace violence type event.”

Just before the situation came to a close, a law enforcement official on the scene said the gunman was “barricaded” inside.

Authorities are currently interviewing employees of the Walmart.