Two boys, man injured in Pasadena shooting

May 6, 2011 2:10:06 PM PDT
Police have released a photo of a man they are looking for in connection with a shooting that left three people, including two young children, injured in Pasadena last night. Pasadena police say they're looking for Julia Ibarra, 20, in connection with the shooting at the Bryton Hill apartments on South Richie. A nine and 11-year-old boy were both wounded in that shooting and remain hospitalized. A man was also shot. We spoke with Pasadena police who told us they are still talking to witnesses about what happened.

"I'm scared, I don't want to come back out," said one young female resident.

For one 11-year-old girl and her dad, sleep did not come easy after two of her young friends were shot while playing outside at their apartment complex. Hit by the spray of a shotgun were two boys, ages nine and 11.

"They were just playing nearby and they got in the way," said the girl.

We caught up with them while on their way to visit the youngest victim's mother, who was shocked to go outside after the fight and see her own son hurt.

"She just saw her husband holding her son and that's all she knew," said the youngest victim's mother, Elena Mayen.

The shooting happened last night around 7:30pm. Pasadena police tell us a group of people got into an argument, when one of them, who police identified as Ibarra, went inside his apartment got a shotgun, and fired outside from his glass sliding door. Another man he was arguing with was hit, but so were the boys.

"It creates a rather wide pattern and I understand that was a good possibility that it was just one round discharged and the spread pattern on that discharge resulted in three people being struck with the same round," said Asst. Chief Bud Corbett with the Pasadena Police Department.

Fragments from the shot also ended up hitting two boys who were playing in a nearby soccer field. The 11-year-old was hit in the back and needed surgery. The 9-year-old was hit in the calf.

"It's a really good group of kids that they all play together all the time. It's kind of devastating to all. I've heard about it from a lot of kids this morning," said resident Kendra Luna.

Police told us the argument happened between two couples who have a history together, but they're still not sure exactly what they were arguing about.

We're told none of the injuries are life-threatening.

Police say Ibarra left the apartment complex, but they have been in contact with him over the phone. If you know anything about this case, you're asked to call Pasadena Police or Crime Stoppers.

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