Ariz. police: Westgate shooting suspect intended to harm more people

The Westgate retail district is closed off Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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UPDATED 5:10 PM PT — Thursday, May 21, 2020

According to Arizona police, the 20-year-old suspect in the Westgate Entertainment District shooting targeted victims to gain respect. Glendale police identified Armando Hernandez on Thursday and released his mug shot.

This booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office shows 20-year-old Armando Hernandez Jr. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Police confirmed Hernandez has admitted to the crime, which left three people injured on Wednesday.

A 19-year-old male, who sustained life-threatening injuries, and 16-year-old female were transported to the hospital. A 30-year-old female was also injured, but did not require hospitalization.

Authorities have reported Hernandez intended to harm more people.

“The suspect in this case did later admit to detectives that he was planning on going to Westgate to harm 10 victims with this horrendous act,” stated Police Sergeant Randy Stewart.

Hernandez is now facing 16 felony charges and is scheduled to appear in court next week.

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