Yesterday, on a Wednesday night on May 20, three were shot at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, Arizona. Here’s what we know:
The suspect is now in custody, according to the Glendale Police. “We were able to locate that suspect in the Westgate area, our officers challenged that suspect and were able to safely take that person into custody,” they said.
There are details not yet known, like the motive of the shooter or if the 3 shot will survive. Strangely, however, Democratic State Senator Martin Quezada of Arizona’s District 29 had early commentary about the event. He tweeted:
There is a history of terrorists using semi-auto AR-15s in shootings before, this is true. A lot of these shooters also happen to write convenient manifestos that justify mass internet censorship and gun control, as well. With the early announcement of the presence of an AR-15, the boogeyman rifle itself, along with the word “terrorist,” which combined with an AR-15 suggests a similar domestic terrorist rather than foreign terrorists, who usually brandish AK-47s and other weapons from abroad. Add that this is all coming from an elected Democrat who happened to be at the scene, and this gets weirder. Finally, on May 12, Mike Bloomberg’s “Everytown for Gun Safety” advocacy group invested 5 million into their Arizona campaign. This may have a connection, or it may not.
Let’s not come to conclusions, but let us be curious.
UPDATE: The suspect’s name is Armando Hernandez. According to reports, he announced before his shooting on Snapchat: “Hello, my name is Armando Junior Hernandez, and I’m going to be the shooter of Westgate 2020. Let’s get this done.” The terrorist label seems to have been inaccurate for now. Instead, Hernandez appears more as someone who attempted mass homicide for non-political reasons, unless more details come out. We will remain posted on any new developments.