Armando Junior Hernandez Wiki – Biography
Armando Junior Hernandez is from Peoria, Arizona, and attended Raymond S. Kellis High School, which is located in Glendale. 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.
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. Shortly after arriving on the scene, the Glendale Police took the suspected shooter, identified by his mother as Armando ‘Junior’ Hernandez, into custody.
A disturbing video shared on social media under the Snapchat handles 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 to 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. The video was shared on Twitter but has been removed for violating Twitter rules, according to the site. The video can still be viewed elsewhere online. WARNING: The video may be disturbing for some viewers.
Armando Junior Hernandez Age
Armando Junior Hernandez is 20 years old.
While police have not yet officially identified Hernandez as the suspect, his mother told 12 News reporter Mitch Carr, “I have no idea why he did this.”
Later on Wednesday evening, U.S. Marshals were seen searching Hernandez’s home. Carr tweeted, “Police are currently serving a search warrant on a home in Peoria. This is related to the Westgate shooting.”
The #ArizonaShooter has been identified by his mother as Armando Hernandez. @TheWarMonitor pic.twitter.com/WdZmrTIiWw
— Devils (@SingingBullets) May 21, 2020
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.”
Quezada has served in the state senate representing District 29 since 2015 and previously worked five years as a research analyst and policy advisor to the Democratic caucus in the Arizona State Senate. He said in a second tweet on Wednesday night, “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 the police. I’m ok. Lots of shaken up people.”
During the first press briefing following the shooting, Glendale Police said they arrested the suspect inside the Westgate area and brought him into custody for questioning. Video shows that the suspect was taken into custody without incident.
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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.
Page, a 22-year-old survivor of the shooting, told 12 News that she was at Yard House for a friend’s 21st birthday when the shots rang out. She took cover while windows at the restaurant were shattered by bullet holes.
Here is more video from Paige. This is law enforcement clearing the area, making sure there are no more shooters. She’s inside of Yard House and the lights are out. #12News pic.twitter.com/MV5ncRwzCv
— Mitch Carr (@mitchcarrtv) May 21, 2020
In a video shared on Twitter from outside the mall area, numerous rounds of gunfire can be heard going off in the background. A Westgate Mall employee working at the time of the shooting described the situation on Twitter. She said, “I’m here at work with a coworker hiding in the back of our studio. If anyone sees anything going on in the news PLEASE let me know! Hoping to get through all of this.”
The Westgate Entertainment District was bought by GoDaddy founder Bob Parson in 2018. Amber Liptai, a spokeswoman for Parsons’ parent company BIG YAM, released the following statement to USA Today: “We are deeply troubled by this incident and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. Westgate will continue to work closely with the Glendale Police Department and in-house security to best ensure the safety of our customers, tenants, and residents.”