PASADENA (CBS) — Authorities have identified a gunshot victim found dead in a Rose Bowl parking lot as a 56-year-old Duarte man.

The body was found in Parking Lot I about 5 a.m. Monday, a Pasadena police officer said.

Officers were called to the 1000 block of Armada Drive, near the Rose Bowl, after a resident reported hearing shots fired about 4 a.m., but did not immediately find the victim. About an hour later, someone spotted the body and called police.

The man was identified as Victor F. Cass, according to the coroner’s office.

“Police detectives are diligently investigating the death of Mr. Cass,” said Police Chief Phillip L. Sanchez.

“This type of incident is very tragic, but also very uncommon. Hundreds of adults and youth enjoy the wonderful facilities around the Rose Bowl every day. They can be assured the area is safe and well patrolled,” Sanchez said.

Anyone with information on the slaying can call Pasadena police at (626) 744-4241.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

  1. rjmpasadena says:

    I don’t feel safe walking around the rose Bowl–even before the shooting. Too much racial tension and the gang problem is out of control.

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