Police: Metro Phoenix Retail Complex Shooter Felt 'Bullied'

May 21, 2020

Police say a man opened fire at a suburban Phoenix restaurant and retail complex because he wanted to retaliate for bullying.

The Westgate retail district is closed off Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. Police say one person is in critical condition and two others were injured in a shooting Wednesday evening near the shopping and entertainment district west of Phoenix. A Glendale police spokeswoman said Wednesday that the suspect was taken into custody safely.
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Authorities said Thursday 20-year-old Armando Hernandez Jr. admitted to planning the shooting at Glendale's Westgate Entertainment District as a way to “gain some respect” after having been bullied. Police say Hernandez injured three people, one critically, with an assault rifle Wednesday night. The complex had reopened last week after being shut down for more than a month because of the coronavirus pandemic. The area includes the stadium for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and an arena for the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes.