Westgate, Arizona, Shooting Suspect Identified by Police as Armando Hernandez Jr.

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Westgate, Arizona, Shooting Suspect Identified by Police as Armando Hernandez Jr.
Mugshot of Armando Hernandez Jr. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office/Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

On Thursday, the Glendale Police Department in Arizona recognized 20-year-old Armando Hernandez Jr. because the suspect within the taking pictures on the Westgate Entertainment District on Wednesday night time.

“The suspect in custody is 20-year-old Armando Hernandez Jr. We will have more information as the morning progresses,” the Glendale Police Department wrote in a tweet.

In an e-mail despatched to Newsweek by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Hernandez was booked on 14 completely different fees, together with 5 counts of discharging a firearm in metropolis limits, three counts of aggravated assault with a lethal weapon, three counts of aggravated assault leading to critical bodily damage and one depend every of prison injury, recklessly damaging utility property and disorderly conduct with a weapon.

The taking pictures started at round 7:25 p.m. GMT, and not less than three individuals had been shot. According to Ngalula, one of many victims is in vital situation whereas the 2 others suffered non-life-threatening accidents.

Following the incident, plenty of movies surfaced throughout social media displaying what occurred, and Ngalula has urged anybody that has come throughout these movies to report them to the police.

“I just witnessed an armed terrorist with an AR-15 shoot up Westgate. There are multiple victims,” Arizona Senator Martin Quezada wrote on Twitter. “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.”

On Wednesday night time, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey additionally responded to the taking pictures in an announcement.

“First and foremost, our hearts and prayers are with the individuals and families impacted tonight, as well as the first responders and police officers who are on the scene. As we learn additional details, the state is here to continue to offer its full support to the victims and to the community,” Ducey wrote. “The Arizona Department of Public Safety has been in regular communication with the Glendale Police Department and the State of Arizona stands ready to provide any resources and support needed.”

The taking pictures in Arizona got here because the state lately reopened completely different areas, together with malls, on May 16, which had been beforehand closed as a part of the state’s lockdowns because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, mass shootings decreased in April when in comparison with the identical month a 12 months prior. In April 2020, there have been 25 mass shootings, with 22 lifeless and 89 wounded, nevertheless, in April 2019 there have been 33 mass shootings leading to 25 deaths and 130 accidents.