Fremont Park shooting: Pool party sent scurrying for cover

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.

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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