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3 shot after gunfire erupts in Arizona, suspect identified by family

Glendale police say they received reports of a shooting around 7:25 p.m.
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (KPNX) — Three people were rushed to the hospital Wednesday evening after gunshots rang out at Glendale's Westgate Entertainment District.

Glendale police say they received reports of a shooting around 7:25 p.m. Officers arrived just minutes later where they found several victims and located the suspect who surrendered.

Officers are not looking for additional suspects.

The suspect’s mother identified her son Armando Hernandez from Peoria, 20, as the shooter, but police have not verified this.

The woman said Hernandez is a graduate of Raymond Kellis High School and a former classmate also identified him as the shooter.

One victim is in critical condition, and police say the other two people are expected to recover.

Arizona state senator Martin Quezada was in the area near the shooting and tweeted: "I just witnessed an armed terrorist with an AR-15 shoot up Westgate. There are multiple victims." But police could not verify the weapon that was used.


Quezada told KPNX he heard the gunshots and witnessed the shooter calmly walking as he fired.

"I saw him through my window after the shots were fired," he said. "He was walking calmly while reloading his weapon.”

Business owners in the area said they took cover after hearing the gunfire.

Westgate has been closed off while police gather evidence.

There is also a power outage in the area, and police have asked residents to shelter-in-place during the investigation, but they say there is no active threat.

Officers have also asked people to stay away from the area.

Police are aware of social media posts about the suspect and are asking for tips. People can reach investigators through Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377) or 480-TESTIGO (480-837-8446)