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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Amarillo, Texas shooter who took hostages at Walmart was from Iran. Per police audio, he spoke primarily Farsi, police were looking for an interpreter to negotiate release of employees being held at gunpoint. Ultimately, shooter was killed by police SWAT officers and hostages survived

6/14/16, "Amarillo Walmart Active Shooter and Hostage Situation: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know,"
 4. The Suspect Was Reported to be Wearing a Multi-Colored Plaid Shirt Over a Walmart Shirt."

Police radio audio at subhead 4:

16:43, "The suspect speaks primarily Farsi. He's wearing a Walmart outfit, he will look like all the other employees, and khaki pants."

17:30, "The shooter is gonna be Somalian, we're looking for a Somalian interpreter. They have him in a room with two hostages."-Amarillo police scanner audio. (

(A later report says the
shooter was from Iran.) 

(Above is screen shot of audio link at

Iran to the Bronx to Amarillo:

6/14/16, "Walmart gunman is longtime Amarillo resident,"

"Amarillo police said Mohammad Moghaddam, 54, fired shots and held two hostages at gunpoint at Walmart, 4215 Canyon Dr., before Amarillo Police Department SWAT officers shot and killed him. The hostage situation was described as a “workplace violence event.”

The Moghaddam family came to Amarillo eight years ago from Iran, two of the family’s grown children said Tuesday at their Southeast 36th Avenue home. They said their mother, Leila Gachlou, Mohammad’s wife, also works at Walmart. The children, Adel, 30, and Atefeh, 27, were home while the incident was still unfolding. They have lived on 36th Avenue for at least the last eight years.

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

Potter-Randall Appraisal District records show Moghaddam purchased the home in November 2004."...

[Ed. note: That's 12 years ago-was he still living in Iran when he bought the house? Maybe it was a second home while he was living in the Bronx.]

(continuing): "A criminal history check on Moghaddam did not return any results. Records show he previously lived in the Bronx Borough of New York City.

Representatives of the two organizations that facilitate refugee resettlements in Amarillo -Refugee Services of Texas and Catholic Charities – said they would not discuss whether they helped Moghaddam and his family relocate to Amarillo.

A neighbor, who asked not to be named, described Moghaddam’s family as quiet, mostly keeping to themselves. She said she was told Moghaddam had a liver transplant last year."...


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