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Fremont Park shooting: Pool party sent scurrying for cover

June 14, 2012
(Cheryl Guerrero/Staff…)

A gunman who fired several shots in Fremont Park sent a pool party scurrying to a nearby restroom for cover.

No one was reported as being injured in the shooting, which occurred at about 1:35 p.m. at the park on the 600 block of Hahn Avenue, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said, though police said that some of those who fled the scene could have been hit.

[This post was updated at 7 p.m.]

At least one bullet pierced the front window of a home across the street from the park in the 600 block of Patterson Avenue, lodging itself in the wall of a family room, police said.

The men — described as being in their late teens and early 20s — were fighting in a parking lot south of the park prior to the shooting, Lorenz said.

Witnesses reported hearing four to 10 shots, according to police.

A gunman was seen falling to the ground, but he got to his feet and ran east to Burchett Street, police said.

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The other men ran to nearby vehicles and fled. The vehicles were described as possibly a light-colored SUV and a black truck.

A pool party was underway at the park when the shooting occurred. A lifeguard rushed the partygoers into a restroom for cover and called police.

Police set up a perimeter in area and earlier called in the Special Weapons and Tactics team to conduct a search of the park.

Police say they found a switchblade in the park’s playground.

K-9 units from Glendale and Burbank, as well as a police helicopter, also aided in the search.

The gunman was described 22 years old and Middle Eastern. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans, according to police.

Anyone with details about the shooting or the gunman was encouraged to call the Glendale Police Department at (818) 548-3987. To remain anonymous, call Glendale Crime Stoppers at (818) 507-7867.

-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA

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