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3 injured, 1 in custody after shooting in retail area near Phoenix, police say

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Suspect was arrested and three were injured at the Westgate Entertainment District west of Phoenix.

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

The suspect was taken into custody safely, a Glendale police spokeswoman said in a televised briefing. The most seriously injured person was taken to a hospital, and the two others were expected to survive, she said.

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.

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Gov. Doug Ducey said he’s monitoring the situation and “the state stands ready to support.”

State Sen. Martin Quezada, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter that he saw a person “with an AR-15 shoot up Westgate.”

“I saw 2 victims with my own eyes. Not sure how many others,” he wrote on Twitter. “I saw the shooter. Being told not to say anything else about details ’til I speak to police. I’m ok. Lots of shaken up people.”


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