A mass shooting occurred in the Westgate area, Arizona, Wednesday night. In video taken by witnesses at the scene, gunfire can be heard as others in the area try to run away.
There was no apparent mention of a motive for the shooting. It’s believed the suspect reportedly used an AR-15, based on a witness’ affirmation. Three people were shot. One of them is in critical condition. They were taken to a nearby hospital. A person is in custody at the Glendale Police Department. Police responded to Westgate around 7:25 p.m. after receiving multiple reports of a shooting in the area. Numerous videos showed store employees and guests sheltering in place. Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted that his office was monitoring the situation closely and the state is ready to assist as necessary. There are no more reports of any active shooting.
The Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale was on lockdown. The Westgate comple, funded by millionaire New York architect Ron Elsensohn and operated now by Vestar is next to State Farm Stadium, which has hosted two Super Bowls. It features many restaurants, bars, shops and offices, on 8,000,000 sq ft (740,000 m2) of retail space, and is one of the Valley’s entertainment destinations.