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2020 Westgate shooter pleads guilty, faces up to 44 years in prison

A 22-year-old who shot three people at the Westgate entertainment district in Glendale in 2020 pleaded guilty Friday.

Armando Hernandez Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Under a plea agreement, dozens of other counts were dismissed.

In a hearing after the shooting, prosecutors said he self-identified as an incel, or involuntary celebate, and was targeting couples. He was also confirmed to have been livestreaming the shooting over Snapchat.

Hernandez faces 19 to 44 years in prison for the shootings of a 30-year-old woman, a 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl. All of the victims survived.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.