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Mohammad Moghaddam: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

The scene of the active shooter and hostage situation in Amarillo, Texas. (Google Maps)

The scene of the active shooter and hostage situation in Amarillo, Texas. (Google Maps)

The gunman who was shot dead by police after opening fire inside a Texas Walmart where he worked before taking two people hostage has been identified by police as Mohammad Moghaddam.

Police are calling it a “workplace violence” incident.

The 54-year-old suspect was shot by a SWAT officer Tuesday afternoon after holding two people hostage at the Amarillo store, including a store manager who he had a dispute with, for more than an hour, police said in a press release. No one else was injured.

Few details about Moghaddam could be found. A photo of him was not available. Police said more information will be released in another press release.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Two Hostages Were Released Unharmed & No One Other Than Moghaddam Was Shot

The incident was first reported about 11 a.m., police said. After about an hour and 20 minutes, police said the suspect had been shot dead by officers.

“Two hostages in the room were released and are not injured,” police said in a press release. No other gunshot victims were found during a search of the store.
According to a press release, the investigation into the incident at the 4215 Canyon Drive Walmart remains ongoing.

“The initial call of an armed person/shooting possible barricaded suspect call came in at about 11:06 a.m., Amarillo Police said. “APD and many other agencies responded to the call. One or more hostages were taken by a male suspect inside the store. APD and officers from other agencies responded and entered the store, and APD SWAT officers also responded.”

An Amarillo Police SWAT officer “came into contact with the suspect and shot him” at 12:22 p.m.

The case is being investigated by the department’s Special Crimes Unit.


2. Moghaddam Was Angry Because a Co-Worker Was Promoted Over Him

Police said at a press conference the gunman was a Walmart employee and they are considering it to be “workplace violence.”

Moghaddam was upset that a co-worker had been promoted over him, the Amarillo Globe-News reports.

He took his manager, Glen Jones, and an unidentified second person hostage in Jones’ office, according to the newspaper.


3. He Was From Iran & Lived in Amarillo With His Wife & Children

Mohammad Moghaddam was from Iran, the Amarillo Globe-News reports. He lived in Amarillo with his wife and children.

His wife, Leila Gachlou, was brought to the Walmart by police and gave them a picture of her husband, according to dispatches.

The family moved to Amarillo from Iran eight years ago, his children, Adel, 30, and Atefeh, 27, told the Globe-News. His wife also worked at Walmart.

“I saw him this morning. He was happy and ate breakfast and then went to work,” Adel told the newspaper.

It was originally reported by KFDA-TV and police that Moghaddam was from Somalia.


4. He Was Wearing a Walmart Shirt & Khaki Pants

Moghaddam was wearing a Walmart shirt and khaki pants, according to witnesses, but it is not known if he was still an employee of the store.

Police have not said how long Moghaddam has worked there or what his job was.

“As soon as we heard about the situation at our store in Amarillo, Texas, we acted immediately,” Walmart said in a statement. “All customers and our two associates who were held hostage are safe. This was a very difficult situation and we are thankful for the quick response from law enforcement


5. 911 Callers Say He Was Shooting & Heard People Screaming

The initial call was for a suspect who was actively shooting inside the store, according to police radio dispatches. Several people were inside the store and “screaming” could be heard.

You can listen to the initial police and fire radio dispatches below:

Police, firefighters and ambulances swarmed the Walmart area and officers got everyone inside the building out. They then searched the store and did not find any gunshot victims.

Moghaddam is believed to have fired multiple shots into the ceiling near the store’s checkout area, the Amarillo Globe-News reports.

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32 comments

  1. Ok, Loretta lynch who said she represented Muslims and no disparaging remarks or threats of violence would be tolerated.
    Personally, I am Tiring of this Muslim threat to or nation we have had for a longtime.
    I am a US Army veteran is very trained. I don’t make threats to anyone. I will state as a fact, they better not act up in my presence! I guaranty they will have bit off more that they can chew!

      • Yeah, sure, nothing to see here……
        One question, why are these peaceful muslims involved in violent acts?
        And why do people like you always rush to their defense and the defense of such a gutter religion.
        Makes us wonder about YOU…

        Sandy, you a woman? You into sharia, are you? Watch it, one infidelity and you would be stoned or beheaded…
        You into that?

      • I am a Democrat and Obama and Clinton need each other they just don’t get it,because the two of them make the world go round,just like a big turd out to sea, my vote gos to the best man TRUMP !!!!

    • FUC* Loretta Lynch!
      This time next year she’ll be just a bad memory except for the mess that she
      left in her wake, that will need to be cleaned up. But cleaned up, it will, since it’s so
      so so anti-American. So bad it will not be ignored or swept under the rug.
      Total Spring cleaning is coming.

  2. And in COMPLETELY unrelated news, President Barack Obama assailed Donald Trump and the Republican party for “loose talk” and anti-Muslim rhetoric Tuesday.

  3. Mohammad Moghaddam was from Somalia and spoke mainly Farsi,
    I don’t get that at all FARSI!!!
    He is not from Somalia at all look at his name, and Farsi waw.

  4. I wonder if the person promoted over this dead criminal was a woman? That would seem to be in insult to him, being raised in Somalia. Not known for its progressive thinking. But other reports have him a being from IRAN. Stil, a country not known for their favorable treatment of women. Possible confusion in the early stages of the event?
    I would like to know how he immigrated here? Did a federal program put him in Texas? Was he a US Citizen? If not, how did he obtain the gun? You must be a US citizen to pass a background check for the purchase of a handgun. This article doesn’t specify what type of firearm he had, but other reports stated a handgun.

    I’d say there are more than 5 things we need to know about this.

  5. Another Mohammed had a “Workplace Violence Incident”, thankfully it was in Texas and he therefore, died without causing too much trouble.

  6. Saw photo of her next to the flag. She doesn’t deserve to be next to it especially since she’d likely and would willfully burn it.

  7. Funny, we never hear radical Muslims shooting other Muslims… but, hey – let’s not jump to conclusions, ya know…

  8. So now companies have to promote Muslims..even if their not qualified…because damn if you don’t you’ll die? They r lucky they can even get a job here in America. Who do they think they r? Special??? Is that what mr Obama wants to enforce? Share the wealth with muslims. Get the hell out!!!!!

  9. But we all know the truth. This was merely a praise to Isis, not about job opportunities. Let’s not encourage the liberals mind set.Thank God Texas came to rescue before any carnage.

  10. I knew Mohammad for years. Both on overnights at walmart where we worked together and then when I consistently made an effort to visit him and his wife after they transferred to days. We were all treated terribly by many of the managers and Glen Jones never batted an eye over it. Sexual harassment was glanced over along with all of the other unprofessional and disrespectful ways that people used to avoid working while leaving a disproportionate amount of work on the shoulders of the few who were there soley for a paycheck. Mohammad was alway so calm. No matter how much work he had. No matter how much of it should have been done the previous shift by someone who didnt bother. And he was a phenomenal worker, for 54… he was a beast. His daughter has cerebral palsy, they had just a few years ago declared bankruptcy. He had health problems himself but laylas doctor had recently found she might have a tumor. I can’t remember where but it was scary. I found out when i went to show them my baby. They were such beautiful people. And a couple very in love. Just like a casual comfortable love you could see when they looked at eachother. Or when Layla made offkilter jokes and Mohammad would give her this look like oh boy this crazy chick i married… he made an awful decision. It was wrong. But I’m trying to spread the word that this ‘oh just another muslim shooting people’ narrative is false and not at all applicable here. Im pretty sure they were ba’hai anyhow. I hope layla and he kids are ok. I love them and think about them even though we moved so far away