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Shots fired near Glendale park

Up to 10 rounds were heard during dispute, but no injuries were reported.

June 14, 2012|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com
  • Glendale Police block off streets in a neighborhood where a shooting took place near Fremont Park in Glendale.
Glendale Police block off streets in a neighborhood where… (Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

Several gunshots were fired Thursday near Fremont Park following a dispute among about 15 men, sending a pool party scurrying to a nearby restroom for cover and prompting a lockdown of the immediate neighborhood as police searched for the suspects.

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

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 before the shooting, Lorenz said.

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

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

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 and called in the Special Weapons and Tactics team to conduct a search of the park, but no suspects were found.

During the search, police said they found a switchblade knife 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 as 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.

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