Local neighbors have been complaining about a series of shots fired today in the foothill community, more accurately speaking, in the Altadena area near Canyon Crest Road. One resident stated, "Yes, I heard a couple of shots fired, one right after the other. It scared me, as it sounded like a semi-automatic weapon for sure." Another resident of the Meadows community explained, "I heard the first round of shots at about 11:00 am while my wife was cooking a late breakfast. I went outside to take out the trash when I heard a loud gunfire that was consecutive and heart stopping. I instinctively hit the deck, realizing, they were not being fired at me."
After further investigation, it turns out that the shot's were no accident. There is a Hollywood movie being shot in the vicinity of Canyon Crest about a half-mile away from Lincoln Avenue. Altadena and Pasadena both are no strangers to the "filming industry." Most folks who live around here are used to the sometimes inconvenience, of the movie people, shooting movies directly in their neighborhoods. The local Altadena sheriff's department stated, "we have received a few telephone calls regarding the sound of gunfire in that area, so, just to be on the safe side, we have dispatched a few cars to check out the neighborhood for safety, there is no need to worry though, we have several patrol cars safe-guarding the area."
Apparently, there is an HBO series being filmed called, "Justify." On the set a police officer was reported to mention, "On the scene, an actor dressed as a cowboy enforcement guy, rolled up on a gun battle, and then brings the peace." The Fire Marshall at the scene reportedly said, "the gunfire scene shot at least 10 times, and they are still filming the same scene." The movie title for the series can be said to have done it's work, as it has certainly worked to scare the pants off of many of the residents, their animals, and wildlife who live in the community.
The good news is, the citizens of the Altadena Foothill community are not complacent. They take action when they feel there is something amiss in their community. The great majority of the residents who live there are hands-on and believe in the good-neighbor police. Recently, it was witnessed that a sign replaced the "Smokey the Bear" sign, using the back of it to make a sign noticible by the residents leaving the community, which reads, "love one another."
Apparently, there has been some bullying going on in the same area involving suspicious persons driving around in the community bullying other neighbors. Also, it has been reported, that there have been suspicious persons walking around in the neighborhood that do not live there. Some of them have been dressed like homeless people who actually have been reported to walk out in front of moving vehicles for the purposes of intimidation and still others have been walking their dogs in the area at suspicious times of the day, at the very same time that they know some of the residents go off to work and come home.
There have been complaints from some people who have been followed by these suspicious and obviously illegal characters terrorizing in the usually peaceful neighborhood. There have also been reports of "breaking and entering" into a couple of houses in the area. Residents are taking the law into their own hands by filming (using their personal video cameras) their own comings and goings to prove to the authorities that there is some suspicious underhanded and illegal activity in the community.
The good news is, the gunfire heard today, which this Examiner just witnessed coming from the Canyon Crest vicinity is coming from a movie set in the area. The dogs in the community are having a loud protest though. They are now barking hysterically at the sounds of the rapid fire heard over the East Ridge. The Sheriff's vehicles can be scene from some of the higher elevations in the canyon area.