Police: Suspect shot, hostages safe at Walmart in Amarillo, Texas

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AMARILLO, Texas–  Police say a suspect has been shot and is apparently dead after officers responded to a reported shooting inside a Walmart 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.

Earlier, police said there were no confirmed gunshot victims, and  no ongoing shooting at the Walmart store.

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 of Amarillo says emergency officials are “are on the scene of an active shooter incident” at the store and there is no immediate word of injuries.

Then, police tweeted a short time later: “NO confirmed gunshot victims at Wal-Mart. Officers are inside. No shooting ongoing at this moment”

Further details weren’t immediately available.

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