Police responded to an active shooter situation at the Westgate Entertainment District shopping center in Glendale, Arizona, at 7:25 p.m. local time on Wednesday night. Shortly after arriving on the scene, the Glendale Police took the suspected shooter, identified by his mother as Armando ‘Junior’ Hernandez, into custody.
Hernandez, 20, is from Peoria, 20, graduated from Raymond Kellis High School. While Hernandez’s mother has identified her son as the alleged suspect involved in the shooting which left three injured victims, one in critical care, police have not yet verified this.
Here’s what you need to know about Armando “Junior” Hernandez:
A Video Purporting to Have Been Posted on Snapchat by the Shooter Was Shared On Social Media
A disturbing video shared on social media under the Snapchat handle Arizona Man was shared on May 20, by a man who said his name was Armando Junior Hernandez. After flashing video of a long gun, he said from the seat in his vehicle, “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.”
After putting on a camo face mask, the video then shows the shooter firing off rounds off shots while entering the Westage Entertainment District. Suddenly, the video cuts to a woman lying down by the front left wheel of her car, possibly injured, and the shooter said, “Society is bull****.”
The woman pleads in response, “I have nothing to do with that!” and “You already shot me, dude!”
Police have not confirmed the authenticity of the video. A screen recording of the footage was shared on Twitter by a user who follows the man purporting to be the gunman.
Hernandez Was Taken Into Custody Alive
— JOE DANA (@JoeDanaReports) May 21, 2020
During the first press briefing following the shooting, Glendale Police said that they were able to arrest the alleged suspect inside the Westgate area and have him into custody for questioning.
A witness, Juan Lopez, told 12 News reporter Joe Dana that he saw a short guy walking with a rifle in the middle of Westgate. “He let two shots off and then he was walking, and then when he hit the corner, he just started running.”
Lopez added that it was hard to tell if the suspect was looking for more people to shoot while he ran away.
Senator Martin Quezada Witnessed the Westgate Shooting In Person
Arizona State Senator Martin Quezada was at the Westgate Entertainment District, which is one of the Valley’s most popular destinations, at the time of the incident. The Arizona senator tweeted, “I just witnessed an armed terrorist with an AR-15 shoot up Westgate. There are multiple victims.”
I just witnessed an armed terrorist with an AR-15 shoot up Westgate. There are multiple victims.
— Sen. Martín Quezada (@SenQuezada29) May 21, 2020
Quezada, who’s served in the state senate representing District 29 since 2015, said in a second tweet, “I saw 2 victims with my own eyes. Not sure how many others I saw the shooter. Being told not to say anything else about details ’til I speak to police. I’m ok. Lots of shaken up people.”