05.01.2022 | 10:00 PM | ANAHAEIM – A 17-year-old juvenile was arrested after he fired a handgun during a fight, fatally striking an innocent 36-year-old bystander, Sunday night.
The shooting was heard by officers on scene of the annual Anaheim Cinco de Mayo Festival, located on the north side of La Palma Park in the 1100 block of North La Palma Parkway, shortly after 10:00 PM.
Officers quickly arrived to the scene of the shooting where they found 36-year-old Gildardo Parrales Gracian, of Anaheim, suffering from a gunshot wound.
Medics rushed the Gracian to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.
A group of juveniles, including the 17-year-old shooter, were detained and a firearm was recovered at the scene.
Detectives determined that a fight erupted between a group juveniles when the 17-year-old minor fired a handgun.
The gunshot missed the individuals involved in the fight and struck an Gracian, who was not involved in the incident, as he stood nearby.
The juvenile shooter was arrested and booked into the Orange County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of murder. His identity was not expected to be released due to his age.
The reason for the fight that ended in the fatal shooting was not immediately released.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact homicide detectives by calling (714) 321-3669.