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Gun Fire Reported in Park on Washington Boulevard

Washington Park, just south of the border of Altadena at the intersection of Washington and El Molino, saw a gun fire incident on Sunday. An Altadena resident who was there during the incident shares details with Patch.

Gun Fire Reported in Park on Washington Boulevard

Shots were fired in a Pasadena park on Washington Boulevard on Sunday but police do not have any eyewitnesses and do not know if anybody was being targeted or not.

The shooting was witnessed by an Altadena resident who alerted Patch.  Jey, who lives nearby (and did not want his last name used), wrote Patch that he and his daughter had ridden their scooters to the park.  The shots went off in a small ravine area of the parks where some young people were gathered, he wrote.

"On the way to the drinking fountain, we heard three loud pops, then two more coming from the little sunken ravine in the middle of the park," Jey wrote.

Though he did not originally think anything of the gathering, Jey wrote he now wonders if the group gathered there were gang members.  Following the sound of shooting he reacted quickly:

"My first thought was gun fire. My second thought was LEAVE NOW. So, I looked at my daughter who was terror-stricken, and we jammed out of there as fast as we could. (I didn't think there was a need to drop to the ground since the shots came from the lower area). Next thing we know, many police cars were dashing to the scene, then a helicopter and more cop cars."

Lt. Phlunte Riddle of the Pasadena Police Department confirmed that shots were fired on Sunday.  She said detectives do not have eyewitnesses and are uncertain whether anyone was being targeted or was shooting for no good reason.

She added though that the department has seen a couple of similar incidents around the city recently, and it may be that someone is just firing their gun up in the air without shooting at anything in particular.

"Whatever idiot is doing this stuff does not realize what goes up also comes down," Riddle told Patch.

Often times, she said, even when there is no eyewitness to a shooting, someone reports the sighting of a known gang member in the area, suggesting a targeted shooting.  However, in this incident and another the weekend before, police have not found any sign of that.

In Altadena there have also been two recent incidents of gun fire reported.  One incident was reported the week before last in the vicinity of Lincoln and Royce and . 

There was also a reported gun fire incident on Ganesha Avenue in early January.

In both cases those cases there were no eyewitnesses and no physical evidence recovered at the scene, according to Lt. Duane Allen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, who relayed details of both cases to Altadena Patch in the days after they happened.

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