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UPDATE: SWAT officers kill gunman inside Texas Wal-Mart

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UPDATE: Amarillo SWAT officers shot and killed a person who took at least one hostage inside a Wal-Mart Tuesday afternoon, police say.

Amarillo police tweeted the end of the hostage situation shortly before 12:45 p.m. saying the hostage was safe and the gunman was dead.

Officer Jeb Hilton, with the Amarillo Police Department, said as officers were clearing the store they found the armed person and fatally shot him.

No other injured people were found inside the store, Hilton said, other than the one shot by SWAT officers.

Hilton added the incident is being investigated as a case of workplace violence, but he didn't elaborate or release the names of the people involved.

The Randall County Sheriff's Department said the Georgia Street exit ramp on southbound Interstate 27 is closed to all traffic and the entire area surrounding the Wal-Mart was closed to traffic during the incident.


PREVIOUS STORY: AMARILLO, TX (AP) - 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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