Update: The hostage situation appears to be over: the Amarillo Police Department just tweeted that the suspect has been shot by APD SWAT and is apparently dead. Hostages are safe.
Suspect has been shot by APD SWAT and is apparently dead. Hostages inside are safe https://t.co/gY8nVkbTml
— Amarillo Police Dept (@AmarilloPD) June 14, 2016
Update: The city of Amarillo just yesterday commented after learning of the shooting in Orlando over the weekend that it was prepared for active shootings.
From News Channel 10
The shootings in Orlando this weekend struck a nerve with people all around the world. But the incident also prompted the question...is a community like Amarillo prepared to handle a mass casualty situation?
"Over the years, through the emergency management program, we've spent a lot of time and effort in preparing our emergency plans to address those types of situations," says Emergency Management Coordinator Kevin Starbuck.
All city entities get together throughout the year to hold exercises simulating events like an active shooting.
"This is actually something that we do train for," says APD officer Jeb Hilton. "We've set up trainings with the fire department, with the ambulance services here and we've done group training with them for situations like this."
Luckily, Amarillo has never had to deploy an emergency staff of mass size and officials say they hope they never have to.
Update: the latest advisory from the APD:
AdvisoryAPD on scene with armed subject at the Walmart at Georgia and Canyon Drive. APD and several other agencies are on scene at the Walmart on georgia. There are reports of an armed subject inside who may have hostages. More info when it's available. Please avoid the area so that officers can focus on the scene and not traffic. Any media is asked to respond to the area of 42nd and Georgia
* * *
According to WJLA, the Amarillo Police Department have confirmed an active shooter situation at the Walmart on I-27 and Georgia in Amarillo, Texas. Police are asking the public to stay away from the area so officers can focus on the scene instead of traffic. The shooter is believed to have taken hostages.
APD and other agencies are on the scene.
— Taylor Popielarz (@TaylorPopielarz) June 14, 2016
— CBSN (@CBSNLive) June 14, 2016
— KOKH FOX 25 (@OKCFOX) June 14, 2016
— n0b0dy ???? (@46616C7365) June 14, 2016
The ABC 7 news team have confirmed the Amarillo Police Department are evacuating people out of the West side of the building.