Suspect in custody after shooting at Arizona shopping center

One suspect is in police custody in Arizona after a shooting at a shopping center in Glendale Wednesday evening.

Glendale police tweeted that the scene had been secured shortly before 8 p.m. local time, while an Arizona state senator wrote on Twitter that he witnessed at least two people being hit by gunfire during the attack. Police later confirmed that a third person had been injured. The shooting reportedly had ended by the time officers arrived, though the suspect was still on the scene.


"I just witnessed an armed terrorist with an AR-15 shoot up Westgate. There are multiple victims," tweeted state Sen. Martín Quezada (D).

"I saw 2 victims with my own eyes. Not sure how many others 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," he added.


Other reports on social media indicated that the suspect may have recorded part of the shooting on Snapchat.

At a press conference late Wednesday night, police confirmed that three people had been injured by gunfire before the unidentified suspect was taken into custody. One victim is in critical condition, CNN reported, while two others did not face life-threatening injuries.

The Westgate shopping complex told CNN in a statement that it was "deeply troubled by this incident and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families."

"Westgate will continue to work closely with the Glendale Police Department and in-house security to best ensure the safety of our customers, tenants and residents," the company added.

Updated on May 21 at 8:40 a.m.