The Arizona procuring mall shooter aimed to “hurt” 10 folks as a result of he “felt disrespected,” police mentioned Thursday.
Admitted gunman Armando Junior Hernandez, 20, who even posted a video on Snapchat earlier than strolling into the Westgate Leisure District mall and opening fireplace with an assault rifle, reportedly made the admissions after surrendering to police.
“Hernandez admitted that he was the shooter on this case,” Glendale Police Sgt. Randy Stewart mentioned throughout a briefing Thursday, which was aired on Fox Information in Phoenix.
“He mentioned that he went to Westgate to focus on victims,” Stewart mentioned. “He needed to realize some respect. He felt that he had been bullied in his life.”
Hernandez, a building employee from Peoria, initially scoped out the mall round 7:30 p.m. earlier than returning to his automotive for what Stewart described as a “black assault rifle,” and three loaded magazines.
“Howdy, my identify is Armando Junior Hernandez and I’m gonna be the shooter of Westgate 2020,” the shooter says on the Snapchat video. “Let’s get this achieved.”
Police mentioned he wounded three folks, together with a 19-year-old man who stays listed in vital situation at a neighborhood hospital.
The 2 different victims are a 16-year-old lady who was rushed to a neighborhood hospital with non-life-threatening accidents and a 30-year-old lady who was handled on the scene.
“I don’t know precisely why he stopped firing,” Stewart mentioned. “He did point out to the investigators that he gave up when he noticed the officers responding.”
Hernandez, who made his first courtroom look on Thursday, is dealing with 16 costs, together with a number of counts of aggravated assault, firearm costs and a further rely for damaging a public utility — police mentioned one in all his photographs struck a transformer and precipitated a neighborhood energy outage.
Sporting a blue jail uniform and along with his palms cuffed in entrance, Hernandez appeared calm, often talking along with his public defender. He was ordered held on $1 million bail.
Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers on Thursday referred to as the assault “a mindless act of violence.”
“Arizona won’t give in to concern in occasions like this,” Weiers mentioned on the briefing. “That’s one thing I need all people to grasp. We’re not going to offer in to concern like this. As an alternative, we’re going to face collectively. We’re going to emerge stronger and we’re going to be unified.”