Police are treating a hostage standoff that occurred at a Amarillo, Texas Walmart  as a incidence of workplace violence, despite red flags that might justify a closer investigation.

Mohammad Moghaddam, 54, a Somali Muslim, took his manager and another person hostage and fired shots inside the Walmart where he was employed.

Moghaddam was shot and killed by a SWAT officer; the hostages were unharmed.


The event involving an armed Muslim and occurred less than 72-hours after the worst mass shooting in United States history took place in Orlando, Florida at the hands of a Muslim who targeted a gay nightclub, slaughtering 49 and wounding even more.

The radical Islamic terrorist in the Orlando massacre, Omar Mateen, was also shot dead by a SWAT team.

Amarillo police were alerted to the situation just after 11 am, and as they searched for an interpreter fluent in Moghaddam’s native Farsi in order to conduct negotiations, they were able to contact his wife who did make contact with him.

The local SWAT team responded to the call and the shooter was killed at 12:20, just over an hour after the hostage taking.

Although it was initially feared there were multiple shooters on site, Moghaddam acted alone.

The city of Amarillo has a population of just under 200,000 and made the news in January when city officials announced they were developing a plan to stop the placement of Muslim refugees.

Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole argues that current policies are of little benefit to the refugees themselves.

“We’ve been a giving community, and it’s a huge disservice to bring in refugees in numbers that we’re not able to handle. We create small ghettos. A group of Somalis came in to say they had elected a mayor of their community, then another faction claimed they had their own leader. We found out that rival tribes – slaves and masters – were being settled together.”

 

 

 

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