Westgate Shooting Suspect Allegedly an ‘Incel,’ Intended to Shoot Couples, Prosecutor Says


Armando Hernandez Jr.—the 20-year-old suspect arrested for the Wednesday evening capturing on the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, Arizona which injured three folks—identifies as an “incel” who was intentionally concentrating on {couples} throughout his capturing spree, based on a state prosecutor.

An incel is an individual who sees themselves as an “involuntary celibate” after being romantically rejected by girls. Many incels are enviously angered by women and men who’re in relationships with each other.

“He specifically was hoping to shoot at least 10 people,” a prosecutor mentioned concerning the shooter throughout a Thursday court docket listening to. “Mr. Hernandez had the purpose of taking out his express anger at society, the feeling that he has been bullied, the feeling that women don’t want him.”

“He was deeply angered by this and has said that he was deliberately targeting couples,” the prosecutor continues, nothing that two of his capturing victims seem to have been a pair.

Westgate Shooting Suspect Allegedly an 'Incel,' Intended to Shoot Couples, Prosecutor Says
General view outdoors of Gila River Arena on the Westgate Center on October 9, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty

The prosecutor mentioned that Hernandez needed his folks to really feel the ache he feels each day and that he has been considering a capturing at Westgate for “at least three to four years.”

Hernandez allegedly informed his household that he needed to exit on Wednesday evening to go to the fitness center, however went to the fast-food restaurant Panda Express as a substitute and was unable to get a meal there for some motive.

Enraged, he then drove to Westgate with an AR-15 assault rifle and three 30-round ammunition magazines and have become even angrier when three pals he known as didn’t reply their telephones.

The capturing reportedly started round 7:25 p.m. native time, and three folks had been injured: One stays in important situation and two others suffered non-life-threatening accidents.

In an e mail despatched to Newsweek by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Hernandez was booked on 14 totally different fees: 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 severe bodily damage and one rely every of legal injury, recklessly damaging utility property and disorderly conduct with a weapon.

Hernandez is the second self-identified incel to be accused this week of finishing up a violent assault.

An unnamed Canadian teenager is presently going through fees of first-degree homicide and tried homicide after allegedly stabbing three folks at a Toronto therapeutic massage parlor on Tuesday. The assault killed one lady lifeless and injured two others with a number of stab wounds.

A January 2020 report by the Texas Department of Public Safety recognized incels as an “emerging domestic terrorism threat”.