FAIRFIELD — A report of shots fired Thursday on East Pacific Avenue led to police descending on the Parkway Gardens condominium complex about a half-mile away to detain several people.
The shots-fired report came shortly after 6 p.m. Police responded to East Pacific Avenue at Santa Barbara Way and blocked off the residential street while they searched for casings and bullets, which they found.
A white car had been reported leaving the shots-fired scene at a high rate of speed. Police on East Pacific Avenue were notified at about 6:30 p.m. that the car had been found at Parkway Gardens. Two police cars took off at once, sirens wailing and lights flashing, even as remaining police reopened East Pacific Avenue.
About 13 police vehicles came to Parkway Gardens. Police took people from the suspect car and a nearby residential unit, putting at least three males and one female in the backs of separate police cars. One officer had a rifle drawn and stood behind a police car while police detained the people.
Lt. Brad Collins said shortly thereafter that the East Pacific Avenue incident might have involved occupants of one car shooting at another car, though this was uncertain. Those associated with the car at Parkway Gardens were uncooperative with police, Collins said.
Sgt. Franco Cesar at 10 p.m. said a green car may have also been involved, though this description could change as the investigation continues. Police are following up leads and looking at information from surveillance cameras in the area, he said.
“It’s an ongoing investigation,” Cesar said. “We’re trying to piece it together.”
Parkway Gardens is a 240-unit condominium complex with inner roads. It was the site of a March 7, 2012, shooting that left two people dead and a Jan. 3 shooting that left a man dead. Fairfield has worked with residents since then to make improvements, with more than 200 people turning out for a Parkway Gardens community barbecue in April.
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