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Shoppers now victims in evil Arizona mall shooting, perp filmed on Snapchat: Report

One person is in critical condition and at least two others are injured after a gunman opened fire in an Arizona entertaiment district on Wednesday evening.

KPNX-TV reports that police in Glendale responded to reports of a shooting at the Westgate Entertainment District at about 7:25 p.m. Wednesday. One person at the scene was hospitalized in critical condition, and two others were injured, though they are expected to recover.

Police reportedly took a suspect into custody at the scene. According to the report, the suspect is believed to be 20-year-old Armando Hernandez from Peoria, though police have not confirmed the suspect’s identity. The man’s mother and Hernandez’s high school friend both identified him as the suspect to the news station.

Arizona state senator Martin Quezada was reportedly at or near the scene of Wednesday’s shooting, and said in a Twitter post that he had seen the suspect carrying an AR-15, but authorities have not confirmed the type of weapon used. KPNX-TV obtained video appearing to show the suspect carrying a long rifle in a parking lot just before police apprehended him.

Reports have circulated on social media that the suspect filmed a Snapchat video of the shooting, but police have not confirmed the validity of the video, and have asked people not to share it.

Authorities have not yet identified the shooting victims or commented on a possible motive.

This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

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