Westgate Mall shooting: three injured, suspect in custody


Westgate Mall shooting: three injured, suspect in custody.

Police in Glendale, Arizona, said that three people were injured — one critically — after a shooting took place at the Westgate entertainment district on Wednesday evening.

Glendale Police Officer Tiffany Ngalula said during a press briefing that they received reports of a shooting at around 7:25 p.m. local time.

Officers located the suspect and safely took him into custody, Ngalulua said. Three people were shot during the incident — one person remains in critical condition, and two others suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Ngalula said there was no preliminary information available on the suspect or the victims. A motive for the shooting is unclear.

Businesses in the popular shopping district were told to shelter-in-place as police conduct a sweep of the area.

Ngalula added that police were aware of video circulating on social media reportedly showing the shooting. She said the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Glendale Police tweeted that they were “shutting down the Westgate area to ensure everyone is safe.”

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers said in a press briefing that the shooting was an “isolated incident” and said the shooter had “issues.”

Arizona Sen. Martin Quezada said in a tweet that he witnessed the shooter, claiming there were multiple victims. Quezada’s office could not be immediately reached for comment.

Glendale Police did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said in a tweet his office was closely monitoring the situation and that the state was ready to provide support if necessary.

Mark Kelly, a Democrat running for US Senate in Arizona and husband of former US Rep. Gabby Giffords, offered words of support. Giffords was injured during a shooting in Tucscon, Arizona, in 2011.


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