Armando Hernandez: Glendale, Arizona Westgate Shooter Identified

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GLENDALE, Arizona — Police swarmed a shopping center in Glendale Wednesday afternoon due to a shooting.

Initial witness reports indicated a man with a rifle opening fire outside of the Westgate shopping complex. The scene is at 6751 N Sunset Blvd.

Police said three people were struck by gunfire and the shooter was taken into custody alive.

Democrat Arizona State Senator Martín Quezada said in a tweet he “witnessed an armed terrorist with an AR-15 shoot up Westgate.”

The suspect’s mother identified him as 20-year-old Armando Hernandez from Peoria, according to 12 News. Police would not confirm the identity. 

Armando Hernandez / 12 News

Video circulating online purported to show a Snapchat video from the alleged shooter.

The person in the video shows a rifle and says, “Hello, I’m going to be the shooter of Westgate 2020. This is to get back at mean society. So, let’s get this done.”

The clip then cuts to a woman lying on the ground, apparently already suffering from a gunshot wound. The man says, “This society is full of fucking shit. Society is bullshit.”

The victim replies, “I have nothing to do with that!” and “You already got me, dude!”

This footage has not been verified or authenticated by Breaking911

Dozens of police units and a helicopter were spotted on scene.

A motive or what led up to the shooting remains unclear.

The Governor has been briefed on the incident.

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