3 wounded in shooting at reopened Ariz. shopping complex

One person is in critical condition following the Wednesday night shooting

The Record

GLENDALE, Ariz. — One person was in critical condition and two others were injured in a shooting Wednesday night near a popular shopping and entertainment district west of Phoenix, police said.

One of the three victims in the Glendale, Arizona, shooting was in critical condition, Officer Tiffany Ngalula said. The other two were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, she said.

When officers arrived at the northern edge of the Westgate Entertainment District shortly after 7:25 p.m. there was no longer active gunfire, Ngalula said.

"Our officers challenged that suspect and were able to safely take that person into custody," she said. The shooter was unharmed.

The Westgate shopping center, part of a complex that includes arenas for Cardinals football and Coyotes hockey, was humming with activity after many of its stores and restaurants were closed for more than a month due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Police locked down the area and were methodically going through businesses to search for any additional victims or suspects, the spokeswoman said.

Gov. Doug Ducey said he's monitoring the situation and "the state stands ready to support."

State Sen. Martin Quezada, D-Phoenix, said on Twitter that he had seen the attack.

"I just witnessed an armed terrorist with an AR-15 shoot up Westgate," he wrote.

The complex is in the district Quezada has represented for more than a decade, a spokesman for the lawmaker said.

Quezada "has been an outspoken advocate for gun reform and is deeply shaken and saddened to have witnessed such a horrible tragedy in our nation yet again," he said in a statement Wednesday night.


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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